State charges Raleigh woman used fraud to get Medicaid payments

From staff reportsDecember 19, 2012 

Gloria Sawyer

WAKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

— A Wake County woman accused of illegally collecting more than $480,000 in fees from the Medicaid program is among nine people arrested Tuesday by State Bureau of Investigation agents.

The arrests, all involving Medicaid payments, happened in Alleghany, Cumberland, Dare, Sampson and Wake counties, the state attorney general’s office said.

In Raleigh, warrants charged Gloria Sawyer, 53, of 1008 Southgate Drive with three counts of obtaining more than $100,000 by false pretenses and two counts covering amounts under $100,000.

Medicaid investigators said that under an alias of Gloria Dean Lowe, Sawyer had 1991 convictions in Forsyth County for possession of cocaine with intent to sell or deliver it and possession of heroin, but said on an application that she did not have any felony convictions.

Online state prison records do not show her under either name, however.

In announcing the arrests, the attorney general’s office said Sawyer operated a business called I Believe In Miracles and had a Medicaid provider certification as a case manager for people with HIV.

According to the warrants, Sawyer was paid $82,787.96 between Sept. 15 and Dec. 23, 2009; $106,192.42 between Jan. 12 and April 13, 2010; $100,649.09 between April 22 and Aug. 10, 2010; $101,304.72 between Aug. 17 and Dec. 22, 2010; and $92,857.28 between Jan. 11 and Oct. 14, 2011.

An online arrest report lists Sawyer as being unemployed now.

She was ordered held on a $250,000 bond.

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