Joyce Terry and Julius, mother and son pleads guilty to defrauding Medicaid of more than $35,000
JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that Julius Terry has pled guilty to two counts of the class C felony of Medicaid Fraud and one count of the class B felony of Receiving Stolen Property in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County. Julius Terry’s guilty plea follows the guilty plea of his mother, codefendant Joyce Terry, on January 4, 2019. Together, the mother and son pair defrauded Medicaid of more than $35,000.
“Rigging the Medicaid system for unlawful personal gain will not be tolerated in Missouri,” said Attorney General Schmitt. “Julius Terry sought to take advantage of some of Missouri’s most vulnerable citizens, and now he will pay for his actions.”
The Terrys were part of Medicaid’s Consumer Directed Services (CDS) program. The CDS program pays for personal care attendants to assist Medicaid recipients with activities of daily living such as bathing, grooming, dressing, and meal preparation. Medicaid provides funding for these services so that recipients, who might otherwise require institutional care, may continue to reside in their own homes. In the CDS program, Medicaid allows recipients to choose their own personal care attendant, who may be a family member. Joyce Terry was a Medicaid recipient enrolled in the CDS program. She chose her son, Julius Terry, to be her personal care attendant. Julius Terry was also the personal care attendant for Joyce Terry’s roommate, R.W.
From 2012 through 2017 Julius Terry claimed to provide personal care services that he did not provide to Joyce Terry and R.W. The Missouri Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the United States Department of Health and Human Services-Office of the Inspector General, placed a surveillance camera outside Joyce Terry’s home for a period of 49 days. Out of those 49 days, Julius Terry claimed to provide services to Joyce Terry on 48 days, and services to R.W. on 43 days. The resulting surveillance footage showed that Julius Terry only appeared at Joyce Terry’s residence 7 times. Notably, of those 7 appearances, Julius Terry never stayed for the full duration that he claimed to be providing services. The remainder of those days Julius Terry did not appear at all, and did not provide the services which he claimed. In addition, investigators were able to prove that on several occasions, Julius Terry was attending barber school or working other jobs when he claimed to be providing personal care services to his mother and R.W.
St. Louis County Circuit Court Judge David Vincent, III, placed Julius Terry on 5 years of supervised probation and ordered him to pay $36,459.66 in restitution to the Medicaid program at a minimum of $577 per month. Julius Terry was also required to forfeit his $2,000 bond, which was applied towards the restitution in his case.