U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente announced Friday a Fredericksburg mother of Medicaid eligible disabled child and owner of Raven’s Childcare Connections was sentenced to two years in prison for $246,000 health care fraud.Thirty-nine-year-old Raven M. Zaal’s disabled daughter received home health care services from October 2011 through October 2014. During this period, Zaal and 11 home health attendants claimed that aides provided 15,645 hours of services, resulting in approximately $217,519 in Medicaid payments for the care of the child. Instead of providing care for the child, the attendants worked in Raven’s Childcare Connections.
Zaal received Supplemental Security Income benefits on behalf of her daughter. She failed to report her marriage, income and a joint bank account to the SSA in 2011 and 2012, resulting in her receiving $14,655 from the government.
Zaal also received $14,784 in SNAP benefits between 2011 and 2015, at which time she failed to accurately report her income.