Man pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud conspiracy, perjury

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The president of a behavioral health practice in North Carolina has pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to defraud Medicaid.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District said 46-year-old Shepard Lee Spruill II of Winterville faces up to 15 years in prison, $500,000 in fines and three years of supervised release. Spruill also agreed to pay more than $1.8 million in restitution to the state Medicaid program.

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Prosecutors said Spruill gave patient names and Medicaid identification numbers obtained through his practice to two men who used them to bill Medicaid for more than $2 million in fake services. After Medicaid sent payment to one of the men, Spruill received a cut.

Spruill also admitted telling a grand jury he had no relationship with one of the co-conspirators.