Couple residing in Chandler arrested for AHCCCS, pandemic loan fraud

Aug 21, 2021, 6:15 AM
(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)...
(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

PHOENIX — A couple residing in Chandler was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly fraudulently billing the Arizona healthcare system and for fraud in their applications for COVID-19 pandemic-related loans, authorities said.

Dale Henson, 53, and Zoila Henson, 53, are being accused of using their medical billing company to bill the Arizona Healthcare Cost Containment System for services that weren’t rendered, according to a statement from the United States District of Attorney’s Office.

They allegedly submitted $1.2 million in fraudulent bills to AHCCCS over a period of nine months between 2019-2020 then purchased a $1.3 million home in Gilbert.

The indictment also alleges the couple lied in their COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan funds applications and used the money from the loan funds for personal expenses, including a second home purchased in Mexico where Zoila Henson has citizenship, the statement said.

The Henson’s were charged in early August by the federal grand jury in a 58-count indictment.

Charges include money laundering, healthcare fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, with convictions for healthcare fraud carrying a sentence of up to 20 years and a mandatory, 24 consecutive month prison sentence for aggravated identity theft, the statement said.

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Couple residing in Chandler arrested for AHCCCS, pandemic loan fraud