- Associated Press - Friday, June 13, 2014

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a co-owner of a Marietta company providing counseling services has pleaded guilty in a Medicaid fraud scheme and has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

The Attorney General’s Office said Friday that Garry A. Hankerson, Jr., pleaded guilty this week in Cobb County Superior Court to racketeering, Medicaid fraud and conspiracy to defraud the state.

Authorities allege Hankerson and his co-defendant fraudulently obtained over $622,000 in the scheme by filing more than 3,000 false claims over a five-year period.

Attorney General Sam Olens said in a statement that Hankerson “shamelessly used Medicaid funds to finance his extravagant lifestyle,” which included a large home in Marietta, multiple luxury vehicles and various vacations. Hankerson was also ordered to pay back the $622,000 in restitution.

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