- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 16, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A former worker at a Columbia medical clinic has been sentenced to two years in prison on federal mail fraud conspiracy charges and ordered to repay the $2.8 million taken from the clinic and a hospital.

The State reports (http://bit.ly/2pQ2BOW ) that 57-year-old Gary Joiner was sentenced Monday for his role in the scheme against Moore Orthopedic Clinic and Providence Hospital that ran from 2011 to 2015.

Joiner’s lawyer Gary Harris says his client planned the fraud after a 2010 merger between the institutions resulted in a cut in pay and responsibility. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Joiner set up a fake medical equipment company and submitted phony invoices to the institutions. The scheme was discovered during a routine audit in 2015.

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Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com

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