June 10, 2020
Former FHWA West Virginia Division Administrator Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud
On June 10, 2020, Edward Stephen pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia to Federal health care fraud. Stephen is the former Administrator of the West Virginia Division of the Federal Highway Administration. Stephen was charged by information on May 18, 2020.
The investigation revealed that Stephen fraudulently enrolled extended family members in his Federal health care plan, knowing they were not eligible for Federal health care benefits. Specifically, Stephen enrolled his sister as his wife and his niece as his step-child so they both would obtain Federal health care coverage they were not entitled to receive. This scheme lasted from 2005 to 2017 and included several years when Stephen resided and worked in Charleston, West Virginia. In total, the health insurance company was defrauded out of $151,660.53 in fraudulent premium payments and reimbursements.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with the Office of Personnel Management Office of Inspector General.