Andrews woman indicted on health care fraud charges

GEORGETOWN, SC (WCSC) - A 53-year-old Andrews woman was indicted on fraud charges Friday after she continued to bill Medicare after she sold her health care company, according to United States attorney Bill Nettles.

Queen Edwards Nesmith was indicted on two counts of health care fraud and aggravated identify theft.

According to the federal grand jury indictment, Nesmith sold Georgetown-based Highmarket Primary Care in 2007, but continued to bill Medicare for non-existent services completed by a doctor who no longer worked there.

Nesmith received more than $400,000 through fraudulent billing, the indictment states.

She faces up to 10 years behind bars and a fine of $250,000 for the health care fraud charges, and a mandatory two year prison term for aggravated identify theft.

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