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Notice of Court Proceedings
Defendants Convicted of Health Care Fraud to be Sentenced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2014

Contact Person: Winston Holliday (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina ----- Truman Levi Lewis, age 35, of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Norman Devi Lewis, age 32, of Georgetown, South Carolina, are scheduled to be sentenced at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., respectively, on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at the Federal Court House in Charleston.  In August of last year, both were convicted by a jury on charges of Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1349, 1347, Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering, a violation of 18 U.S.C § 1956(h) and four counts of Wire Fraud, violations of 18 U.S.C § 1343.  United States District Judge Richard M. Gergel of Charleston presided over the trial and will impose the sentences.

Evidence presented during the trial showed that Truman Lewis and Norman Lewis billed Medicaid for almost 9 million dollars in a 22-month period, with much of the billing being fraudulent.  The defendants ran a for-profit youth mentoring service called Helping Hands Youth and Family Services, which had offices in Georgetown, Conway, Rock Hill and Columbia.  The defendants billed for weekends when children were not seen, for periods of time before children were in the program, for periods of time after the children had left the program, and for children who had no diagnosis to justify billing. 

The jury also found the defendants’ property was subject to forfeiture, to include several luxury cars, two homes, and over one million dollars in certificates of deposit and bank accounts.

Mr. Nettles stated the maximum penalty for Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud is imprisonment for ten years and a fine of $250,000, the maximum penalty for Conspiring to Launder Money is imprisonment for twenty years and a fine of $500,000, or twice the value of the property involved in the transactions.  The maximum penalty for Wire Fraud is imprisonment for 20 years and a fine of $250,000.

The case was investigated by agents Elizabeth Duffy and Kevin Cox of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations Division, and Su Kim of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General.  Assistant United States Attorneys Winston Holliday and Jim May of the Columbia office prosecuted the case.

WHEN:

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

 

 

WHERE:

Federal Court House, Charleston, South Carolina

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