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Linden woman pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud

Posted January 15, 2010 6:41 p.m. EST

— A Linden woman who operated psychological and speech therapy centers for children pleaded guilty on Friday to more than $1 million in Medicaid fraud, according to authorities.

Sandra Elliott, 47, operated the Learning Links Education Centers in Dunn and Fayetteville.

Prosecutors Linden filed bills for therapy sessions that never happened. She is also accused of employing non-licensed personnel and provided unwarranted therapy.

The military equivalent to Medicaid, Tricare, was also impacted by the fraud.

Elliott could face a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail, followed by three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. She will be sentenced in April.

Authorities said Elliott has agreed to forfeit two cars, a recreational vehicle and $201,791.