By Patsy R. Brumfield
OXFORD – Unsealed court documents show a Greenwood-based hospice care service under federal investigation.
Search warrants were issued Thursday on property and bank accounts of Angelic Hospice and Palliative Care Service LLC amidst FBI claims of possible Medicare fraud.
In a 27-page affidavit, FBI Special Agent Shannon Wright asked the court to issue search warrants on Angelic Hospice, specifically 18 vehicles registered to various individuals from Greenville to Brandon and on the organization’s bank account with Planters Bank and Trust in Greenville.
Her requests dated from February, and at least four search and seizure warrants were executed Thursday, two at the bank and two on the vehicles.
Wright’s sworn statement claims Angelic and its owner, Regina Swims-King of Greenwood, conducted an alleged scheme of fraudulent billing for services not rendered and for services not medically necessary to Medicare.
Medicare is the federal health benefits program for people over 65 or disabled.
Swims-King could not be reached for comment. Angelic’s listed telephone number is disconnected, a recording says.
No one has been charged publicly with any offenses on the docket of the U.S. District Court of Northern Mississippi based in Oxford.
Wright’s work to Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander claims Swims-King billed Medicare for hospice services of $11 million.
The affidavit also claims Swims-King used funds to buy $789,230 in real property and nearly $690,000 to buy vehicles, “including numerous luxury automobiles.”