Cary man sentenced in elaborate multi-million-dollar Medicaid fraud scheme

A Cary man has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for defrauding the North Carolina Medicaid system of more than $7 million in an elaborate scheme, the Department of Justice announced.

Antonio Deon Fozard was sentenced Tuesday to 151 months in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiracy and health care fraud after being investigated by the FBI.

Fozard led a ring that made fraudulent claims to Medicaid for the reimbursement of behavioral health services from roughly 2012 to 2017, according to U.S. Attorney Michael Easley of the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Fozard pleaded guilty to the charges in February and has been ordered to pay $4,242,794 in criminal restitution to the North Carolina Fund for Medical Assistance.

“This defendant stole millions intended to provide healthcare to low-income families,” Easley said in a news release. “We will continue to investigate and prosecute those that mastermind these unconscionable schemes to misuse taxpayer funds meant to help those in need.”

Source: Cary man sentenced in elaborate multi-million-dollar Medicaid fraud scheme / The News & Observer

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