Family sentenced in $3.6M scheme to defraud South Carolina Medicaid

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) — Four family members were sentenced this week in a scheme to defraud South Carolina Medicaid of over $3.6 million, according to Acting United State Attorney M. Rhett DeHart.

Tony Lee Covington, 50, his wife Priscilla Covington, 51, and his sisters Vanessa McPhaul, 56, and Mary Moses Covington, 51, all of Raeford, North Carolina, were sentenced to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Evidence presented in court showed over the course of two years, the family members billed South Carolina Medicaid millions of dollars for “crisis intervention” through their two companies, Preferred Care Incorporated and Saving Grace Outreach. Crisis Intervention is a service offered to individuals experiencing extreme emotional distress like suicidal thoughts.

Source: Family sentenced in $3.6M scheme to defraud South Carolina Medicaid / ABC 15 News

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