Former charity operators found guilty of Medicaid fraud
Two people — one a Georgetown man — are facing the possibility of prison after being found guilty of bilking Medicaid.
United States Attorney Bill Nettles says Norman Devi Lewis of Georgetown and Truman Levi Lewis of Charlotte were convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, money laundering conspiracy and four counts of wire fraud.
The pair stood trial this week in Federal Court in Charleston.
Nettles states they falsely billed nearly $9 million to Medicaid when Nettles and other family members operated Helping Hands Youth & Family Services that had offices in Georgetown, Conway, Columbia and Rock Hill. The illegal billing took place during a 22-month period.
Nettles states Medicaid was billed for things such as weekends when children were not seen, times before children were in the program, times after the children had left the program and situations in which the children had no diagnosis to justify billing.
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.
Nettles said the luxuries included two Bentley vehicles, three Mercedes vehicles and two homes.
Nettles said the maximum sentence for conspiracy to commit health care fraud is 10 years. They could be sentenced up to 20 years each for the other convictions. They will be sentenced by Judge Richard Gergel at a later date.
Helping Hands Youth and Family Services has folded and is not connected to other agencies with similar names in the area.
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