Wednesday, March 19, 2014
A Georgetown man and his brother who lives in Charlotte were both sentenced to prison Wednesday for participating in a Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud and Money Laundering, according to United States Attorney Bill Nettles.
Norman Lewis, 32, of Georgetown and Truman Lewis, 35, appeared in federal court in Charleston for the sentencing.
Truman Lewis was sentenced 10 years while Norman Lewis received a sentence of 7-and-a-half years. The sentence was issued by United States District Judge Richard M. Gergel.
Both men were also ordered to pay $3,307,967.20 in restitution to Medicaid.
“Evidence presented at the trial established that Truman and Norman Lewis billed Medicaid for almost $9 million dollars in a 22-month period, with much of the billing being fraudulent. The defendants ran a for-profit youth mentoring service called Helping Hands Youth and Family Services, which had offices in Georgetown, Conway, Rock Hill, and Columbia,” Nettles said. “The defendants billed for weekends when children were not seen, for periods of time before children were in the program, for periods of time after the children had left the program, and for children who had no diagnosis to justify billing.”
Medicaid is administered by the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services in Columbia, with both state and federal funding.
“Medicaid serves those in our community most in need. When individuals like the Lewis brothers rob this program of millions of dollars, they deprive our most vulnerable citizens of resources that can help them. As such, we will continue to vigorously enforce the laws that punish those who commit such crimes in an effort to deter others from perpetrating similar conduct,” Nettles said.
Special Agent in Charge, Jeannine A. Hammett, added: “The abuse and misuse of the Medicare and Medicaid Programs impacts each of us as taxpayers and citizens and these prosecutions are critical to protect these programs.”