Georgia Man, Markuetric Stringfellow Sentenced to 6.5 Years in Federal Prison for Defrauding the Medicaid Programs in South and North Carolina
Charlotte, M.C (STL.News) United States Attorney Peter M. McCoy, Jr., of the District of South Carolina and United States Attorney Andrew Murray of the Western District of North Carolina announced that Markuetric Stringfellow, 37, of Powder Springs, Georgia, has been sentenced to 78 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release for defrauding the South and North Carolina Medicaid programs. In addition to the prison term imposed, U.S. District Judge Kenneth D. Bell also ordered Stringfellow to pay over $5 million as restitution, including more than $700,000 to the South Carolina Medicaid program.
The South Carolina Scheme
According to court documents filed with the U.S. District Court in South Carolina, Stringfellow was a franchise owner of Wrights Care Services LLC (Wrights Care), a qualified provider of Medicaid rehabilitative behavioral health services in South Carolina. Wrights Care was located at 1320 Main Street, in Columbia, South Carolina, and maintained separate franchise locations throughout South Carolina, including in Spartanburg, Pickens, Cheraw, Society Hill, Bennettsville, Hartsville, and Conway. In April 2014, Wrights Care became a participating provider in the South Carolina Medicaid program, which allowed Wrights Care to submit claims for behavioral mentoring services reimbursable under Medicaid.