Shephard Spruill, the CEO of Carolina Support Services, has received a prison sentence in connection with a Medicaid fraud scheme in North and South Carolina. A news release from the U.S. Department of Justice said Spruill was sentenced to eight years in prison followed by three years of supervised release. According to prosecutors, he supplied hundreds of patient names to third parties who illegally billed millions in fictitious mental health services defrauding the U.S. taxpayers.
Prosecutors say Spruill has been ordered to pay nearly $6 million to the Medicaid programs in North and South Carolina, as well as to one of the individual victims. He also has to forfeit nearly $1 million in criminal proceeds and is banned from Medicaid for life.
“Do not for a moment believe that we have given a pass to those who steal from taxpayers through fraud,” Higdon said. “This case shows our continuing resolve to bring all to justice, even CEOs who commit their crimes with lies instead of guns.”