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day treatment owner pleads guilty to medicaid fraud charge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 12, 2012

NEW BERN - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that yesterday ANDETRA MICHELLE SAMPSON, 38, of Rowland, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States Magistrate Judge Robert B. Jones, Jr., to  conspiring to defraud the United States, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371. 

The January 19, 2012, Superseding Indictment alleges that from approximately August, 2006, and continuing until approximately December, 2010, SAMPSON and others, conspired to defraud the Medicaid program to obtain money and property from Medicaid by submitting false and fraudulent claims for services allegedly rendered to clients of Country Layne Day Treatment, LLC, a facility located in Pembroke, North Carolina, and owned and operated by SAMPSON.  According to Medicaid rules and regulations, a day treatment facility is available to qualified children ages 3 to 17 to provide mental health and/or substance abuse interventions. 

According to the Indictment, SAMPSON falsely represented that services had been rendered by qualified professionals who did not render the services.  SAMPSON also caused Medicaid to be falsely billed for services that had not been rendered or for false billing for services on days when the treatment facility was not open.  At other times Medicaid had been falsely billed for hours when no services were provided to clients or clients were rendered services by employees whom were unqualified to render such services.

The maximum penalty for the offense is up to five years imprisonment followed by up to three years supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.  Sentencing will be in approximately 90 days.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Office of Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina Department of Justice, Medicaid Investigation Unit.  Assistant United States Attorney Thomas B. Murphy and North Carolina Assistant Attorney General Erica C. Bing are prosecuting the case.

 

 

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