Nurse Pleads Guilty in Medicaid Scams Case

A nurse in has pleaded guilty to unlawful reimbursements associated with a more comprehensive Medicaid scams case in the state.

Christine Hicks Thomas, 62, of Murfreesboro, confronts 5 years in jail along with $25,000 in fines and 3 years of monitored release, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina. As part of her plea arrangement, she has concurred “to surrender her nursing license, to give up any interest she has in business that bills the federal government for healthcare services, and to be completely omitted from Medicare and Medicaid programs.”.

According to an August court filing, U.S. Attorney John Stuart Bruce charges that in between Sept. 9-17, 2015, Hicks got a $500 cashier’s check in exchange “for purchasing and suggesting [outpatient behavioral health services] for which payment might be made in entire or in part under Medicaid, a federal health program.”.

Thomas never ever assessed the clients for whether services were needed, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.

” The orders that Thomas signed are needed by Medicaid’s handled care companies as a requirement before a Medicaid service provider can bill the federal government for outpatient behavioral health services,” the problem states. “Once permission orders are signed, suppliers can legally bill the federal government for numerous countless dollars in outpatient behavioral health services, offered such services are really rendered.”.

The case versus Thomas is straight associated to a bigger Medicaid scams examination, detectives say, that included 3 others who have currently been sentenced: Terry Lamont Speller; Donnie Lee Phillips II; and Reginald Saunders. An associated case is pending versus Shephard Lee Spruill II.

Josh Howard of Gammon, Howard & Zeszotarski, who is representing Thomas, decreased to talk about his customer’s plea arrangement.