NC Woman Gets 12 Years For $3.5M Of Medicaid Fraud

A Murfreesboro woman who defrauded Medicaid of more than $3.5 million has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Shirlene Boone was ordered Tuesday to repay what she stole along with more than $1 million to the Internal Revenue Service and $45,000 to the North Carolina Employment Security Commission.

Authorities say Boone's scam lasted for 13 years as she billed for services that were never provided and told employees of her community support services and HIV case management firm to fake timecards for hours they did not work.

Investigators say Boone had her workers apply for unemployment while they worked and took a cut of that money.

Prosecutors say Boone also failed to pay withholding taxes for her employees.

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