Mission Woman Indicted on Health Care Fraud Charges
|US Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mission woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for two counts of health care fraud and one charge of larceny.
Tisha Leader Charge, age 33, was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 15, 2012, for Acquiring and Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud, Deception, and Subterfuge; Theft in Connection with Health Care; and Larceny. She appeared before US Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on November 15, 2012, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 4 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both. The charges are merely accusations, and Leader Charge is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Special Investigations Branch of the Office of Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services. Assistant US Attorney Jay Miller is prosecuting the case. Leader Charge was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not yet been set.