Charlotte Man Arrested And Charged With Stealing Identities Of Children And Clinicians To Commit Medicaid Fraud

May 29th, 2013

A Charlotte man charged with defrauding Medicaid of at least $450,000 and stealing the identities of children and clinicians to commit the fraud was arrested in Charlotte today, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

A federal grand jury returned the criminal indictment against Calvin Cantrell Estrich, 31, of Charlotte on May 23, 2013. The indictment charges Estrich with one count of health care fraud conspiracy, four counts of health care fraud, four counts of false statements in connection with health care matters, eight counts of aggravated identity theft, one count of money laundering and one count of making false statements to investigators. The indictment also includes a forfeiture allegation seeking a money judgment in the amount of at least $462,178.

“Rooting out health care fraud and bringing to justice those looking to scam taxpayer-funded health care programs is a priority for this office,” said U.S. Attorney Tompkins. “We will continue to fight health care fraud through concentrated and sustained efforts and to aggressively safeguard precious taxpayer dollars.”

“Cases like this one send a strong signal that we won’t tolerate health care fraud in North Carolina,” said Attorney General Roy Cooper. “Our investigators and attorneys will continue to work closely with their federal counterparts to stamp out health care fraud and abuse, save taxpayers’ money, and protect patients.”

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