A Columbus, Georgia, woman has pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud and two other counts of failing to obtain coverage, which has landed her in prison for a minimum of one year.
Della Upshaw, who owned Care of Columbus, Reaching Out Health Care and Upshaw Healthcare Group, was arrested in December 2012 by investigators from the State Board of Workers’ Compensation after they found that she had failed to provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage for her two medical centers who had over 85 employees.
In the State of Georgia, an employer must provide workers’ compensation insurance if they employ more than 3 employees. Investigators also found that Upshaw had “grossly under-reported her true payroll” in order to reduce her workers’ compensation premiums.
In 2013, the Ledger-Enquirer reported that Upshaw had billed Medicare $269,000 over two years by filing undocumented claims for services she didn’t actually provide, including claims for patients who were no longer at her adult day care facilities.
Upshaw was sentenced to a maximum of 10 years and will begin her prison term on Sept. 1