- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - A metro Atlanta woman convicted of fraudulently billing the Georgia Medicaid system has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens says Catherine Pinkard of Clayton County was sentenced last week on a count of Medicaid fraud and theft by taking.

Prosecutors say Pinkard was the owner of Metro Atlanta Counseling Services. She was enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program as a provider of child and adolescent counseling and in-home mental health counseling. Authorities say Pinkard submitted several false claims for services that hadn’t been offered or authorized.

Prosecutors say Pinkard funneled more than $214,500 in fraudulent claims money into a personal bank account.

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