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Charlotte Woman Convicted Of Medicaid Fraud

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Charlotte woman has been convicted of defrauding Medicaid of $650,000.

U.S. Attorney Anne Thompkins says that 37-year-old Charlotte Elizabeth Garnes was convicted late Friday in U.S. District Court in Charlotte.

Garnes also was found guilty of obstructing official proceeding and making false statement about a health matter.

Prosecutors say the licensed professional counselor was part of a scheme in which she gave her Medicaid provider number to others so they could submit fraudulent reimbursement claims for mental and behavioral health services.

Prosecutors say in most of the cases, no services were provided.

She faces up to 80 years in prison and up to $3 million in fines when she is sentenced later.

Two others have been sentenced to prison for their roles in the scheme.

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