RALEIGH -- Six health care providers pleaded guilty to cheating the Medicaid system in March, according to Attorney General Roy Cooper's office.
Cooper's Medicaid Investigation Division investigated each of the cases.
"We're cracking down on Medicaid fraud because it wastes taxpayers' money, squanders funds that should go to needed care, and drives up health care costs for all of us," Cooper said.
The charges are against Bobby Faison, Tammy Atkins, Deborah Aroche, Amy Lyall, Jessica Cook and Kellie Hickman.
Faison, of Henderson, pleaded guilty to one felony count of medical provider fraud and one felony count of offering or paying kickbacks by a Medicaid provider for billing for child behavioral health services that were not provided.
He was sentenced to 24 months of supervised probation and ordered to repay $56,179.68 to the Medicaid program.
Atkins, Aroche and Lyall all pleaded guilty to submitting false timesheets for personal care services they did not provide in an Alleghany County court Tuesday. Each was working for Families First Home Health Care at the time of the allegations.
Atkins pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor attempted Medicaid fraud and was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 36 months of supervised probation. She must pay almost $4,000 in restitution and fees, as well as perform community service.
Aroche pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor attempted Medicaid fraud and was sentenced to 45 days in jail and 60 months of supervised probation. She owes more than $8,000.
Lyall pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor attempted Medicaid fraud and was sentenced to 120 days in jail with 36 months of probation. She must pay more than $3,600 in restitution and fees, along with community service.
Jessica Cook, a fourth Families First employee, pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor attempted Medicaid fraud Feb. 26. She was sentenced to 45 days in jail, plus 24 months of probation, community service, and more than $3,000 in restitution.
Charges are pending against a fifth employee, Michelle Bottomley.
Families First's owner Betty Ann Cook pleaded guilty to running the fraud scheme last year.
Cook, Lyall and Atkins were arrested in December 2012 as part of a statewide fraud sweep that led to nine arrests.
United Home Care, Inc. employee Kellie Hickman was also arrested in the sweep. She pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of attempted medical assistance provider fraud. Hickman was sentenced to 45 days in jail with 12 months of probation and more than $3,500 in restitution.
Source: Attorney General Roy Cooper