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Charlotte social workers admit efforts to defraud Medicaid of $5 million in fake services

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Two Charlotte women face prison time after pleading guilty to conspiring to defraud the federal government's health insurance program for the poor of more than $5 million.

Thirty-five-year-old social worker Aliya Boss pleaded guilty Wednesday for charging Medicaid at least $4.3 million.

Federal prosecutors say Boss allowed other mental health companies to use her provider ID number and bill for services that were never provided. The result was that Boss was recorded as providing therapy to more than 200 Medicaid recipients in a single day and billing for more than 64 hours of services over a 24-hour period.

Social worker Zaria Davis Humphries pleaded guilty in a separate case to submitting over $850,000 in Medicaid claims for therapy services.

Boss and Humphries could face up to 10 years in prison.

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