A Charlotte speech pathologist pleaded guilty Tuesday to defrauding Medicaid of more than $360,000, prosecutors said.
Earlier this year, 38-year-old Junelle Gist Washington, formerly of Charlotte, was charged with one count of health care fraud for submitting false claims to Medicaid that sought payment for speech therapy services that had not been provided, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
In the case investigated by the FBI and the N.C. Medicaid Investigations Unit, authorities alleged that Washington, also known as Eunice Gist, filed false claims for more than 40 patients. Washington was a licensed speech therapist between November 2006 and February 2011, when the crimes occurred, prosecutors said.
When she pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Washington admitted that she was paid a total of $360,229.85 in fraudulent payments during that time period, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
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Washington has been released on bond but faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000. A sentencing date has not yet been set.