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Woman accused of Worthington home health care scheme faces charges in Michigan

Remona L. Brown is accused of writing illegitimate prescriptions for opioids.

LANSING, Mich. — A woman accused of unlawfully filing $1.8 million in Medicaid reimbursements to the Minnesota Department of Human Services while operating a home health care agency in Worthington faces new charges in Michigan.

According to the Lansing State Journal, Remona L. Brown, 53, has been charged with conducting a criminal enterprise that wrote illegitimate opioid prescriptions and accepted illegitimate insurance payments at Lansing Medical Group from January 2017 to May. Brown was the third-highest prescriber of promethazine with codeine in 2018 and ninth highest in 2017, Lansing State Journal’s report stated.

Brown faces the following charges in Michigan: conducting a criminal enterprise, nine counts of manufacturing or delivering prescription forms, conspiracy to manufacture or deliver prescription forms and making a false health care claim.

According to public records, Brown’s nurse practitioner license was suspected in May. She was classified as a “public health, safety and welfare” risk by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Brown’s case in Nobles County District Court, which accuses her of submitting private duty nursing claims for six Medicaid recipients despite them not receiving required PDN services, is still ongoing. According to the complaint, the victims’ ages ranged from 54 to 4. Her business, co-owned with her mother, was Caring and Compassionate Healthcare Agency.

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A pre-sentence investigation by the Rock Nobles Community Corrections department has been ordered in advance of Brown taking a plea deal. Court documents indicate a proposed agreement between the parties includes Brown pleading guilty to seven of the 14 counts in exchange of the state withdrawing its motion for an aggravated sentence.

She has not formally signed an agreement filed with the court. Her next court appearance hasn’t been scheduled.

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