2 South Carolina woman sentenced for Medicaid fraud

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Two South Carolina women have been sentenced following their guilty plea to charges that their health care company overbilled autistic patients, costing the U.S. government millions.

The State reports Angela Breitweiser Keith and Ann Davis Eldridge pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud and were sentenced Tuesday. Keith was given a year behind bars and Eldridge was given six months.

Both women were executives with the South Carolina Early Autism Project, which provided therapy for children and young adults diagnosed with the disorder.

U.S. Attorney Sherri Lydon says the company overcharged Medicaid and Tricare “millions of dollars by inflating billing records and charging the government for services it did not provide to clients.”

Keith and Eldridge also pressured their employees to turn in falsified reports exaggerating session times.

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