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Woman gets 10 years for Medicaid fraud

12:59 PM, Mar 3, 2014   |    comments
(AP file)
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CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A Clayton County woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of Medicaid fraud and felony theft.

Catherine Pinkard was found guilty Friday in Clayton County Superior Court. She was the owner and operator of Metro Atlanta Counseling Services, which was enrolled in the Georgia Medicaid program as a provider of child, adolescent and mental health counseling.

According to information presented in court, Pinkard submitted claims to Medicaid for services that were not performed or authorized, and had the money deposited into a bank account she controlled. Prosecutors said she received nearly $215,000 from Georgia Medicaid through this scheme.

"Ms. Pinkard thought she could cheat Georgia Medicaid without getting caught. She was sorely mistaken, and her actions have earned her a substantial prison sentence," Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said in a release.

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