Hertford County Men Plead Guilty

Two men from Hertford County are awaiting sentencing after entering guilty pleas in a Medicaid fraud conspiracy investigation.

36-year-old Darick Bryant of Ahoskie and 31-year-old Lemuel Cobb of Murfreesboro entered the guilty pleas in federal court. Lamont pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit health care fraud. Cobb pleaded guilty to conspiring to make materially false writings and
documents in connection with delivery of and payment for health
care benefits, items and services.

Prosectors say Bryant was the manager of the community support services of Metropolitan Counseling Services, Inc., a registered non-profit. Cobb was the HIV case manager.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, approximately 80% of the community support services that Bryant said was performed were not. Both Bryant and Cobb were accused of fabricating progress notes associated with the fake billings, along with instructing others to fabricate notes. The U.S. Attorney's Office says Bryant stipulated in his plea agreement to a loss to the
government exceeding $1 million. Cobb stipulated to
losses exceeding $120,000.

Bryant faces up to 10 years in prison, three years supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Cobb faces up to 5 years’ imprisonment followed by up to three years’ supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. It's not clear when they will be sentenced.

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