PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Two residents of Pittsburgh and a resident of Georgia were sentenced in federal court for conspiracy to defraud the Pennsylvania Medicaid program and related offenses, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.
During sentencing hearings on June 28 and June 29, 2022, United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon sentenced Tiffhany Covington, 45, of Pittsburgh, to fifteen months’ imprisonment; Luis Columbie-Abrew, 36, of East Point, Georgia, to three years’ probation, including twelve months of home confinement; and Julie Wilson, 51, of Pittsburgh, to three years’ probation, including six months of home confinement. Covington, Columbie-Abrew, and Wilson were also ordered to pay restitution to the Pennsylvania Medicaid program totaling $245,376.26, $164,799.48, and $2,083.36, respectively. All three defendants previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Columbie-Abrew and Wilson also pleaded guilty to health care fraud, with Columbie-Abrew pleading guilty to an additional charge of aggravated identity theft.