(WXYZ) — A Taylor woman was indicted on charges in the Eastern District of Michigan with embezzlement of government property for allegedly misusing government funds meant to provide relief for COVID medical professionals.
The Provider Relief Fund, which is under the federal CARES Act, is meant to aid medical providers in their coronavirus response efforts.
According to a press release from the United States Department of Justice, Amina Abbas owned '1 on 1 Home Health,' which had previously submitted claims for patients who did not qualify for home health services. She reportedly closed the business down in early 2020 after Medicare issued an overpayment demand of $1,619,967.08. The indictment claims that '1 on 1' received about $37,656.95 from the Provider Relief Fund that was supposed to go toward medical treatment and care of COVID-19 patients during the pandemic. That money, Abbas allegedly used to send checks to her family members for personal use.
The DOJ said Abbas is the first woman in the nation charged with misappropriating money designed for COVID medical provider relief.
Read the full indictment below: