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October 29, 2020

North Carolina Man Will Pay $6.1 Million For Conspiring To Steal Millions From

Jerry Taylor of Wingate, N.C. was sentenced to five years in prison followed by two years of supervised release, for conspiring to steal millions from Medicaid and committing tax evasion. Taylor was also ordered to pay more than $6.1 million to North Carolina Medicaid and $346,000 to the IRS as restitution. In July, Tony Taylor, Jerry Taylor’s brother, was sentenced to 96 months in prison and two years of supervised release as the leader of the scheme. The brothers submitted fraudulent claims through entities specializing in outpatient behavioral health services to at-risk youth throughout North Carolina.  Ameera Ali, a co-conspirator, furnished the brothers with prospective patient lists containing identifying information for eligible Medicaid beneficiaries. The beneficiary information obtained from Ali and others was used to file fraudulent reimbursement claims for services that were never provided. Christine Knight the operator of Connect and Move Staffing LLC, created fraudulent treatment notes for beneficiaries and prepared fake billing spreadsheets which were used by the brothers to further perpetuate the fraud. During the course of the fraudulent scheme, the Taylor’s submitted more than $9.4 million in fraudulent claims to Medicaid, resulting in approximately $6.1 million in fraudulent payments from Medicaid.