NORFOLK (AP) -- The owner of a home health care business in Suffolk faces up to 20 years prison after pleading guilty to defrauding the state's Medicaid program.

42-year-old Janice W. Holland pleaded guilty Tuesday to health care fraud, alteration of records and aggravated identity theft. She's scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 22, 2013 in federal court in Norfolk.

Holland's business, A Caring Hand Home Health Care Services Inc., provided respite services to Medicaid recipients. The short-term care is provided to patients who normally are cared for by a family member or other unpaid caregiver.

U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli say Holland filed false claims with the Virginia Medicaid program for respite care that wasn't provided. She fraudulently obtained about $630,000.

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