RALEIGH — A local business owner has been sentenced in federal court to five years in prison after defrauding Medicaid of more than $2.1 million beginning in 2006, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Andetra Michelle Sampson, 39, of Lumberton, was sentenced on Jan. 31 for her involvement in a four-year health care scheme that defrauded Medicaid by falsely filing bills for behavioral health services.
Sampson had pleaded guilty on July 11, 2012, to conspiracy to commit health care fraud as part of a scheme to falsely provide day treatment services for preschool and school-aged children at Country Lane Day Treatment LLC in Pembroke, a business she owned. At the time of her guilty plea, Sampson’s address was listed as being on Aqua Drive in Rowland.
The statement said Sampson provided services by unqualified individuals, claimed services that were never rendered, falsified service notes, created false service orders and forged doctors’ signatures.
In November 2010, multiple government agencies seized in excess of $300,000 worth of Sampson’s property that had been purchased with Medicaid money, including recreational vehicles, personal vehicles and rare motorcycles.
Sampson was ordered to pay full restitution to Medicaid in the amount of the fraud and will be on supervised release for three years when she leaves prison.