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Charlotte businessman sentenced to 2 years in prison for Medicaid fraud

The owner of a behavioral-health company in Charlotte will serve two years in prison after attempting to bilk the state Medicaid system of almost $400,000 in fraudulent payments.

Gregory Benny Lassister Jr., 32, also was ordered to pay almost $235,000 in restitution.

Lassister pleaded guilty last August to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, Lassiter, owner of VisionOne, used the provider number of a doctor who once worked for his company to make claims on services that never took place. He received Medicaid reimbursements of more than $191,000.

He also admitted to submitting claims through his company for services provided by co-conspirator Erika Holland and her companies, prosecutors said. Those services never took place or Holland was not approved to provide them. In exchange, Lassister kept 30 percent of Holland’s reimbursements, which totaled some $93,000.

Holland was sentenced in March 2012 to 54 months in prison and ordered to pay $1.58 million in restitution.

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