- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A Mecklenburg County social worker is accused by federal authorities of selling identifying information of federal Medicaid recipients to a man believed to have bilked the government out of more than $3 million.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/1wmEMLk ) a federal bill of information says Ieshia Hicks Watkins is charged with health care fraud conspiracy and receiving illegal kickbacks in connection with the two-year-scheme.

Court records say Watkins conspired with a man who owned a non-profit provider of mental health and mentoring services. Records say no services were actually provided, and Watkins gathered DSS client information and sold it to the man in exchange for cash and gifts.

A bill of information says the scheme collected $3,057,377. Court documents say the man used the money to buy cars and jewelry.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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