Feds investigate Medicaid billing, cars of former NC State football player
Federal investigators are looking closely at the assets of a Raleigh man linked both to the North Carolina State University football program and to a company suspected of Medicaid fraud.Posted — Updated
N.C. State sent a disassociation letter to Eric Leak, a wide receiver for the Wolfpack from 1997 to 2000, from campus in November 2011 after he admitted giving money to C.J. Leslie and another N.C. State basketball player. The university banned Leak from campus after cars registered to his wife were ticketed twice on campus during the spring of 2013.
Leslie's connection to Leak surfaced again in the federal seizure warrant, which details the purchase of a Porsche in the days after Leslie decided to go pro.
According to the warrant, Leslie put down a $10,000 payment on a $137,000 Porsche. Less than two weeks later, Nature's Reflections paid the balance for that sports car. That Porsche is now among three cars federal authorities want as part of the investigation.
Investigators found some cases where people who had never heard of Nature's Reflections were recorded as having 100 sessions of care. Investigators believe the Leaks paid for client identifying information or listed as patients Medicaid recipients who never received mental health counseling.
The warrant also claims nearly $500,000 of the Medicaid reimbursements were used to invest in Hot Shot Sports Management, a company that Leak told WRAL News in 2013 provided support services for athletes. The federal warrant shows transfers from Nature's Reflections into Hot Shots' account ranging from $20,000 to $75,000.
Leak claimed that his company did not act as an agent to athletes, but many of his Hot Shots clients were represented by the same agent, J.T. Johnson. Johnson had no clients who were not also Hot Shots clients.
Johnson was a registered agent with the state of North Carolina when he signed former Wolfpack football star David Amerson, now a cornerback with the Washington Redskins, but he did not renew his agent registration last year.
By the time Eric Leak made contact with then-N.C. State player Amerson in June 2011, he was already persona non grata with the athletic department.
“Eric Leak was notified by NC State that he is not to have contact with our current and future student-athletes in all sports for any purpose during the period of disassociation,” university officials said in a statement. “This ban extends to all forms of in-person contact and all known or future methods of communication. It appears that Eric Leak is in violation of this letter."
Under the terms set out by N.C. State, Leak can't purchase season tickets for any sport or lease football or basketball suites. He is not allowed to have any contact with any current or future student-athlete or any employee of the athletic department for 10 years.
Although he's violated those terms at least twice, the university has not outlined any further punishment for Leak.
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