NC mental health counselor sentenced for fraud

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A mental health counselor who admitted to a scheme that defrauded Medicaid of at least $6.1 million has been sentenced to six years in prison.

    U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins announced Thursday that 72-year-old Linda Smoot Radeker of Shelby was also sentenced to two years of court supervision and pay $6,156,674.68 as restitution.

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    Last September, Radeker pleaded guilty to health care fraud conspiracy and money laundering.

    In her plea agreement, Radeker admitted that from 2008 to 2011, she obtained at least $6.1 million in fraudulent reimbursement payments from false claims submitted to Medicaid. Court documents said Radeker “rented out” her Medicaid provider number to a network of co-conspirators in Gaston and Cleveland counties and elsewhere. In return, she kept a percentage of the fraudulent reimbursements, sometimes up to 50 percent.

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