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Medicare Fraud And Tax Evasion Convictions Lead To 6-1/2 Years In Federal Prison For North Carolina Man

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A Federal judge sentenced a North Carolina man to 78 months in prison last week on a conviction for allegedly submitting false claims to Medicare totaling $4 million and evading over $1.4 million in Federal income taxes.

According to investigators, the Durham resident was an office manager at the office of an oral surgeon for several years. While there, the defendant allegedly harvested the information of several Medicare beneficiaries and provided that information to the owner of a nearby mental health clinic who, in turn, used that information to submit claims for services that were never rendered.

Prosecutors say the overarching conspiracy ran from 2011 through 2015 and resulted in claims of about $4 million to Medicare that were entirely fraudulent. Earlier this year the owner of the mental health clinic was sentenced to 5 years in prison and ordered to pay over $4 million in restitution after being convicted on one count of health care fraud conspiracy and one count of tax evasion.

Last week U.S. District Court Judge N. Carlton Tilley, Jr. of the Middle District of North Carolina sentenced the defendant in question to 78 months in prison based on his guilty plea last year of one count of making a false statement relating to health care matters and one count of tax evasion. The tax evasion count stems from allegations that he filed false tax returns and transferred over $1.4 million among various banks in an effort at hiding it from the IRS. He was also sentenced to 3 years of supervised release upon the expiration of his prison sentence and ordered to pay over $4.5 million in restitution to the state and Federal governments.

The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

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