WRAL Investigates

Triangle mental health companies under investigation by state

Posted February 5
Updated February 6

— 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.

WRAL obtained a letter that was sent to Nature's Reflections suspending all Medicaid payments.

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.

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  • TP4Real Feb 6, 11:10 a.m.

    And then you have experts who have so much information available to them that no one else seems to be able to find. Like Foodstampchamp down there. "hotbed of fraud"? Sounds like a typical rightwing talking point for about everything under the sun.

  • AliceBToklas Feb 6, 10:34 a.m.

    I simply hate to hear these stories and the attention they get. It makes it so much harder on the legitimate service providers working diligently every day to help those who really need it. Not saying they shouldn't be going after those committing fraud - they should in every way.

  • foodstamptrader Feb 6, 9:22 a.m.

    Medicaid is a hotbed of fraud and corruption. Massive amounts of taxpayer money are lost through Medicaid scams and insider theft. It has been this way for decades.

    Of course, now Medicaid is being expanded by 38%, so the amount of money to be stolen is far higher. We will see a lot more fraud artists enter the game to get their share of the cash.

    Anytime the government sets up a wealth transfer scheme where money is confiscated from those who work and pay taxes, and given away in "social safety net" handouts, there will be massive fraud.

    The political and handout classes can smell a theft opportunity from miles away. Medicaid, Food Stamps, Welfare, Sec 8, attract them like a ripe carcass attracts buzzards...

  • Billy the Kid Feb 6, 8:09 a.m.

    I love how it takes so long to figure stuff like this out.