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Indictment: Charlotte man committed $450,000 in Medicaid fraud

A Charlotte man has been charged with stealing the identities of children and clinicians in a scheme to defraud Medicaid of at least $450,000.

Calvin Cantrell Estrich, 31, was indicted by a federal grand jury last week on charges he defrauded Medicaid between October 2009 and November 2010 by submitting reimbursements for medically unnecessary services.

Estrich’s company, Everyday’s Blessing, was approved by Medicaid to provide mental and behavioral services designed to stabilize living arrangements and prevent out-of-home therapeutic treatment for children, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The indictment alleges that Estrich and Joye Strong stole and misused the identities of a nurse practitioner and two therapists in order to complete the necessary paperwork for Medicaid to approve the services.

The indictment alleges that in many cases the Medicaid recipients did not receive any services at all.

Estrich and Strong are accused of obtaining $462,178 in fraudulent payments from Medicaid.

Strong pleaded guilty in October 2010 to eight counts of health care fraud and two counts of money laundering.

Estrich is out on bond. He’s charged with health care fraud conspiracy, four counts of health care fraud, four counts of false statements in connection with health care matters, eight counts of aggravated identity theft, one count of money laundering, and one count of making false statements to investigators.

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