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Medicaid Transport Defendant Pleads Guilty

Updated: Dec 13, 2022

A Medicaid transportation provider must pay $31,882 in restitution after pleading guilty to defrauding the Brunswick County Department of Social Services.

N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein said Friday that Terry Lee Sayre has pleaded guilty to the felony of obtaining property by false pretenses in Brunswick County Superior Court. Judge Jason C. Disbrow sentenced Sayre to 60 months of supervised probation. Sayre also was ordered to pay $ 31,882.50 in restitution to the North Carolina Medicaid Program.

Medicaid pays for transportation to medical appointments for eligible recipients who need assistance with transportation. Sayre and his co-defendant, Julie Ridgdill, submitted fraudulent transportation invoices and forms to the Brunswick County Department of Social Services (Brunswick DSS). Brunswick County paid the defendants $31,882.50 of Medicaid funds for transportation services that were not provided.

Ridgdill previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six to 17 months in jail, which was suspended. She was placed on supervised probation for 24 months and ordered to pay restitution.

“When people cheat the Medicaid program, they’re cheating North Carolina’s taxpayers,” said Stein. “My office will not allow it. I commend District Attorney Jon David and my team for their hard work and partnership on this case.”

This case originated from a referral from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

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