Counseling service owner pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud

09/03/2014 8:09 AM

09/03/2014 8:18 AM

A Person County resident who operated a counseling service with offices in Durham and Fayetteville has been convicted in federal district court of a scam that cost the Medicaid system about $1 million, officials said.

Tracie Yvette Clay, 46, who lives in Timberlake, pleaded guilty to health-care fraud and money laundering, U.S. Attorney Ripley Rand said in a statement Tuesday.

Clay ran NC Behavioral Health and Counseling, prosecutors said, and provided mental health assessments and treatment.

The government charged that Clay had used Medicaid identification numbers of people who said they never heard of Clay or the practice.

The Internal Revenue Service and investigators from the state Attorney General’s Office worked on the case, officials said.

They did not explain how long the scam ran.

Clay will be sentenced Dec. 11 and could get up to 10 years in prison, Rand’s statement said.

As part of being allowed to to plead guilty, Clay had to agree to make restitution to the Medicaid program.

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