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North Carolina woman pleads guilty in Medicaid scam

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A North Carolina woman admitted this week to running a business based entirely on using Medicaid patients' ID numbers to bill the government for services, whether they needed them or not.

Tracie Yvette Clay pleaded guilty to felony charges of healthcare fraud and money laundering in a scam that cost taxpayers at least $1 million.

Clay ran a business called NC Behavioral Health and Counseling Services that catered to people on the government's healthcare program for indigents and supposedly provided mental health assessments and counseling.

"Clay used the Medicaid identification numbers of individuals who did not know Clay or anything about her company and did not know how Clay obtained their Medicaid identification numbers," according to the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Middle District of North Carolina.

Besides making full restitution to the government, Clay could receive up to 10 years in federal prison. Her sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 11.

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Luke Rosiak

Senior Watchdog Reporter/Data Editor
The Washington Examiner

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