Owner Of Charlotte Behavioral Health Company Sentenced To Two Years In Prison For $400,000 Medicaid Fraud Scheme

July 15th, 2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A Charlotte man and owner of a behavioral health company was sentenced on Thursday, July 11, 2013, to serve 24 months in prison for attempting to obtain nearly $400,000 in fraudulent reimbursement claims from North Carolina Medicaid. Gregory Benny Lassiter, Jr., 32, of Charlotte, was also ordered to remain under court supervision for two years, following his prison term.

Lassiter was the owner of VisionOne Health Services, Inc., (“VisionOne”), a Charlotte-based company approved by Medicaid to provide outpatient behavioral health services to Medicaid recipients. According to court records and yesterday’s sentencing hearing, Lassiter misappropriated Dr. M.T.’s Medicaid provider number and submitted fraudulent claims to Medicaid, falsely stating that Dr. M.T. had provided services to clients long after Dr. M.T. had terminated her relationship with Lassiter and VisionOne. These false and fraudulent claims were submitted to Medicaid between November 2009 and April 2011 and resulted in Medicaid payments to Lassiter exceeding $191,000.

Lassiter also admitted that he submitted false claims to Medicaid for services that his company never provided with co-conspirator Erika Holland. Holland was not approved by Medicaid to provide mental and behavioral health services and did not employ any licensed therapists. In exchange for submitting these false claims through his company’s Medicaid provider number, Lassiter kept 30% of the Medicaid reimbursement for the false claims. From late October 2010 to December 2010, Lassiter and Holland received approximately $93,000 from Medicaid based upon these false claims.

Co-conspirator Erika Holland was sentenced on March 2, 2012, to serve 54 months in prison for her role in the scheme, and was ordered to pay $1,585,093 in restitution.

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