COLUMBIA — Malentha Robinson-Taylor, 46, of Cordova was sentenced Monday in federal court in Columbia for conspiracy to commit health care fraud, U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles reported.
U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Anderson Jr. of Columbia sentenced Robinson-Taylor to 51 months imprisonment and ordered her to pay approximately $126,000 in restitution.
Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that Robinson-Taylor worked for an Orangeburg-based dentist. She and her husband, R.L. Robinson-Taylor, recruited individuals who supplied their Blue Cross Blue Shield policy numbers to them. Mrs. Robinson-Taylor then submitted claims as though these individuals had been seen by her dentist employer, even though they had not. When checks were sent directly to the beneficiaries for services that had not been performed, they split the proceeds with the Robinson-Taylors.
The total claims submitted to the insurance company totaled approximately $800,000. The amount paid by insurance was approximately $368,000. The amount kept by Mrs. Robinson-Taylor was approximately $126,000.
The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U. S. Attorney Winston D. Holliday Jr., of the Columbia office prosecuted the case.
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