Tyrann Mathieu’s mother indicted on fraud
The mother of former LSU football star Tyrann Mathieu was indicted Thursday for allegedly participating in a scheme with Abide Home Care Services and 19 other area residents to rip off Medicare to the tune of $30 million.
Sheila Mathieu, 46, of New Orleans, and most of the others are charged with health care fraud, conspiracy to commit health care fraud and conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and receive and pay health care kickbacks, according to U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite’s office. Two are charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Mathieu’s husband, Tyrone Mathieu, declined to comment on the charges.
Sheila Mathieu and several other registered nurses went to Medicare beneficiaries’ homes to assess how much care the patients needed, according to the indictment. In order to hike up the reimbursement rates for claims, they allegedly would include diagnoses that had nothing to do with the needs of the patients. They also would recommend items the patient did not need to increase the amount paid by Medicare to Abide, owned by Lisa Crinel, 51, of New Orleans, the indictment says.
Mathieu faces a maximum of 35 years in prison if convicted.
Her son, Tyrann, is entering his third season as a defensive back with the Arizona Cardinals. In college he had his own share of disciplinary problems, and he didn’t play in the 2012 season after being kicked off the LSU football team.
Two Orleans homicide victims identified
Two recent shooting victims were identified Thursday by the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office.
Darvell Barra, 18, was found dead Monday morning in the 8000 block of Vanderkloot Avenue in New Orleans East. It was not clear whether he had been shot there or if he had been shot elsewhere and left there.
The following day, Trenice Sam, 43, and a friend were in a car in the 5100 block of South Robertson Street about 12:30 a.m. when a man fired into the car. Sam, a woman, died at the scene; the shooter is still at large.
Five arrested in phony money scheme
Slidell police on Thursday arrested five people who police said were part of a “complex counterfeit money scheme” that conned several area businesses out of thousands of dollars.
Authorities said they believe Destinee Warren, 22, of Slidell, printed phony $50 and $100 bills on a high-quality printer and distributed them to her alleged accomplices. They would then use the money to buy small items at dozens of businesses and get real money as change, according to Slidell police. The U.S. Secret Service also was involved in the investigation.
The four others charged are Diondre Jones, 26; Anthony Chaney, 28; Tajhan Armour, 19; and Jamineca Williams, 19, all of Slidell.
Man gets 25 years after Slidell chase
A 20-year-old man pleaded guilty Thursday to 14 felony charges including two counts of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.
The charges stemmed from an incident in April 2014 when Jevon Mitchell stole a black Jeep Liberty and led Slidell police on a wild chase through town. When cornered, he slammed into a Sheriff’s Office car, according to Slidell police. Even when authorities managed to stop the car, Mitchell continued to resist arrest.
Police found several bags of marijuana in the car.
Mitchell was sentenced to 25 years under the state’s multiple-offender statute.