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Attorney General Josh Stein Announces Sentencing in Health Care Fraud Conspiracy

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(RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein announced today that Christopher Leon Brown and Mark Rayfield Brown, Jr., both of Raleigh, have been sentenced to 40 months in prison and 30 months in prison, respectively, for health care fraud conspiracy. Together with Darryl Stanford, another co-conspirator who has pleaded guilty, the defendants are to pay $755,225 in restitution. Mark Brown is liable for $455,480 of the total restitution. “My office will continue to identify, investigate and prosecute these cases to protect taxpayers,” said Attorney General Josh Stein.

The convictions resolve allegations that Brown and Brown, Jr. stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the North Carolina Medicaid Program by purchasing and exploiting stolen Medicaid beneficiary information and clinician information. Specifically, Brown and Brown, Jr. used the stolen information to submit thousands of false and fraudulent claims for reimbursement for health care services that were not delivered. Brown and Brown Jr. operated a shell company called Christian Medical that billed Medicaid for non-existent services. This conviction was obtained with the partnership of the North Carolina Department of Justice, Medicaid Investigations Division, U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

About the Medicaid Investigations Division (MID)

Stein’s MID investigates fraud and abuse by healthcare companies and providers, as well as patient abuse and neglect in facilities that are funded by Medicaid.  Medicaid is a joint federal-state program that helps provide medical care for people with limited income. To date, the MID has recovered more than $500 million in restitution and penalties for North Carolina.

Laura Brewer (919) 716-6484


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