Dentist's office employee and associates plead guilty in insurance fraud | Crime
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - An employee of an Orangeburg dentist's office, her husband, and several associates have pleaded guilty in federal court to charges related to insurance fraud.
Federal prosecutors say 45-year-old Malentha Robinson-Taylor worked for an Orangeburg-area dentist. Prosecutors say she and her husband, 46-year-old R.L., recruited people to give them their policy numbers with Blue Cross Blue Shield. Court documents say Robinson-Taylor submitted claims under the policy numbers as if they had been patients seen by the dentist who employed her.
When the insurance companies sent checks to the policy holders for dental services that were not performed, they split the money with the Robinson-Taylors. Six people who received benefits from the fraud scheme pleaded guilty to federal charges.
The claims submitted totaled about $800,000 and the insurance company paid about $368,000.
Also charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud are: 55-year-old Robert Green of Orangeburg, 33-year-old Kimberly Donaldson Broughton of Santee, 41-year-old Pamela Richardson of Florence, 36-year-old Latisha Brown of Lake City, 42-year-old Cheryl Frazier of Orangeburg, and 46-year-old Lorraine Porcher of Sumter.
The maximum penalty is 20 years and/or a $250,000 fine. They will be sentenced by a federal judge at a later date.
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