Triangle mental health companies under investigation by state
Posted February 5, 2014
Updated February 6, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Eric Leak - a former North Carolina State University football player and disassociated booster - and his wife have profited from two mental health counseling companies, and state investigators now believe one of those companies was stealing taxpayer dollars.
State investigators now believe one of those companies was stealing taxpayer dollars.
The company is Nature's Reflections, which is based in the Triangle. It provides behavioral counseling and bills the state for Medicaid reimbursement.
The state believes some of the billing was fraudulent.
Investigators accuse Nature's Reflections of falsifying and forging documents and billing for services not rendered.
According to the Secretary of State, Eric Leak's wife, Emily, ran the company for most of 2012 and 2013.
A WRAL Investigation late last year found mental health businesses provided millions for Eric and Emily Leak.
The Leaks own more than a half-million dollars in high-end cars, a $1.5 million home and a town house. In 2012, Nature's Reflections billed for more than $7 million in Medicaid.
Just days after WRAL News aired the story in November, Emily Leak resigned from Nature's Reflections. Eric Leak said Wednesday that he and his wife have nothing to do with the company.
However, the suspension letter was sent to the Leaks’ home and the investigation was underway while Emily Leak was in charge.
The couple is still paying back the state $360,000 for over-billing from a similar company called E Squared.
WRAL News began looking into Eric Leak because of his involvement with N.C. State athletes. The Secretary of State's office is still investigating whether any agent-athlete laws were broken.