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2 NC residents plead guilty to fraud

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Two Perquimans County residents who ran a medical transport service in northeastern North Carolina have pleaded guilty to fraud charges.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported (http://bit.ly/1d1Ggp8) that the Phyllis Stallings Harrell and her son, Paul Lynn Trueblood, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Greenville on Thursday.

They operated Harrell Medical Transport and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care and wire fraud.

U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker says the two face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when they are sentenced on Feb. 17.

Harrell and Trueblood were charged with falsifying records and illegally billing Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers between 2004 and 2009.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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