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First pot charges, then fraud for Salisbury woman

Things keep getting worse for Karen Willis Jackson of Salisbury.

Monday, Rowan County deputies jailed Jackson and her husband, Anthony Quinn Jackson, after they found 64 marijuana plants, 16 firearms and more than eight pounds of processed and packaged marijuana in their home at 6150 Meadow Lane, The Salisbury Post reported.

Tuesday, after authorities unsealed federal indictments, Jackson, 42, and a Charlotte woman, Wendy Gibson, 38, were charged with bilking Medicare and Medicaid out of more than $700,000.

Karen Jackson remains in jail on $275,000 bond. Gibson was arrested Tuesday.

They are charged with healthcare fraud conspiracy, participating in an illegal kickback scheme and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. A federal grand jury indicted the women on Aug. 17. U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins released a statement that others were involved, but no one else was mentioned in the indictment.

The indictment alleges that Jackson and others submitted fraudulent claims for medical services that were unnecessary and in some cases not provided. After they became aware of the investigation, the indictment alleges, Jackson and others apparently tried to cover their tracks by creating fake reports and putting them in patient files.

In some cases, the indictment says, Jackson forged physicians' signatures and Gibson tracked and directed payments for the referrals.

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