Junction man indicted in $1.7M scam
The owner of a Grand Junction-based home health care business has been indicted on federal charges that he stole more than $1.7 million from a federal program that provides benefits and compensation to nuclear weapons workers and their families.
A federal grand jury in Denver handed up a 49-count indictment Thursday against 33-year-old Anthony Paul Breaux, the owner of Honor-Bound Healthcare Providers Inc. The indictment charges him with one count of health care fraud and 48 counts of money laundering.
If convicted, Breaux faces up to 10 years in prison on each of the counts.
It wasn’t clear Friday whether Breaux was in custody. A call to a number listed to him indicated the number isn’t in service.
Breaux in 2009 founded Honor Bound, a company that provides licensed nurses for in-home care of patients who formerly worked in the uranium industry and are suffering from health complications. He billed the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program, a program that offers lump-sum compensation and health benefits to eligible nuclear weapons workers and their survivors, for those services, according to the indictment.
The indictment alleges that between June 2010 and June of this year, Breaux defrauded the federal program by submitting: false nurse’s notes and other documentation to substantiate the bills; bills for nursing services that were never provided; and false documents to qualify patients for home-health services.
Between Sept. 8, 2010, and March 30, Breaux completed 48 transactions through two bank accounts totaling $1.7 million in funds he allegedly stole from the federal program, according to the indictment. Some of those transactions included:
Nearly $420,000 in tax payments to the IRS.
A $39,856 loan payoff on a GMC Sierra.
A $24,524 loan payoff on a Nissan GT-R.
Checks made out to himself totaling $53,643.
Mesa County Clerk and Recorder records indicate Breaux closed on the $1,275,000 purchase of a nine-acre property on 33 1/2 Road on East Orchard Mesa.
Federal agents and Mesa County Sheriff’s Department deputies executed a search warrant at Honor Bound, which was based at the Business Incubator Center on Orchard Mesa, on July 8. Authorities at the time declined to discuss the raid.
The investigation that led to the indictment was headed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General and the FBI’s Grand Junction office. Those agencies were assisted by the IRS, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department and other local federal agencies.