Person of interest sought in homicide

A “person of interest” has been identified in a Gentilly homicide from June, and police are asking for the public’s help in locating the man.

New Orleans police are searching for Billy Sanders, 36, of Harvey, to discuss the killing for Frederick “Magic” Anderson on June 25 near the intersection of St. Ferdinand Drive and Press Drive. Anderson was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds at about 6:25 a.m.

Detective Nicholas Williams identified Sanders as one of the last people to have seen Anderson alive, and now they are trying to question him. Anyone with information on the location of Sanders is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

3 medical center employees indicted

Three employees at the New Orleans VA Medical Center have been indicted on charges of health care fraud, after U.S. Attorney Jim Letten’s office said they stole more than $560,000 in eight years.

Ronald Bell, 41, of Gretna, Regina Davis, 63, of New Orleans, and Yodonnalisa Evans, 45, of New Orleans, were all booked with conspiracy to commit health care fraud on Tuesday. If convicted on the charges, the defendants face a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

According to court documents, the three employees concocted a scheme where they would create phony health care companies, steal the identities of veterans and then receive illegal reimbursements. The indictment says that Bell was a program manager at the Veterans Health Administration while Davis worked as a program support assistant and Evans worked as a payroll clerk.

Prosecutors allege that the defendants first created the scheme in 2001. Bell and Davis created one phony health care company, and then Bell created another company with Evans. Bell would then gather the personal information of veterans and use the fake companies to submit claims for reimbursement for services the companies supposedly provided the men. Davis and Evans worked in positions where they could approve the fraudulent payments, the indictment says.

Prosecutors say the scheme continued until 2008, and Bell and Davis stole a little over $200,000 while Bell and Evans stole $360,000. The indictment does not explain how the theft was discovered, but the Veterans Administration and Office of the Inspector General handled the investigation.

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