Pitt County behavioral health president pleads guilty to involvement in Medicaid scam – News & Observer

A Pitt County man faces up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court in Wake County to conspiring to commit Medicaid fraud and perjury, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced Friday.

State and federal prosecutors presented evidence that Shephard Lee Spruill Jr., of Winterville, conspired with Terry Lamont Speller and Donnie Lee Phillips Jr. to defraud the health care program in connection with a Pitt County clinic called The Medical Office.

Spruill, 46, had access to patient names and Medicaid ID numbers as president of a behavioral health service called Carolina Support Services, and he shared them with Speller and Phillips, the agency said in a news release.

Speller and Phillips, who are already in prison, used the information to bill Medicaid for more than $2 million in fake services and Spruill got his cut disguised as loan reimbursements, the agency said.

Spruill also admitted that he lied when he testified to a federal grand jury that he had no business relationship with Speller and didn’t know why Medicaid payments were being split between them, according to the report.


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