Former Helping Hands director has warrant issued for arrest
One of the three people who were indicted last year for allegedly bilking the federal government out of millions of dollars now has a warrant issued for his arrest.
Norman Lewis, 32, is accused of falsely billing nearly $9 million to Medicaid when he and other family members operated Helping Hands Youth & Family Services that had offices in Georgetown, Conway, Columbia and Rock Hill, according to court documents.
U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said Norman Lewis, along with family members Truman Lewis and Melanie Lewis, were indicted last year on felony charges of health care fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.
The family is accused of using the millions they got from Medicaid billings to buy things for themselves including luxury cars and a beachfront condominium.
On Monday, a federal judge issued an arrest warrant for Norman Lewis because he allegedly failed to meet the conditions of his bond.
The warrant was issued after a probation officer reported to the court Lewis failed to check in with the probation office as required.
Helping Hands Youth & Family Services has folded since the indictments and is not connected to other agencies with similar names in the area.
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