COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) – Eight people pleaded guilty in federal court in Columbia to Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud, according to a statement from Bill Nettles, the US Attorney in the District of South Carolina.
Malentha Robinson-Taylor, age 45, of Cordova, South Carolina; R. L. Robinson-Taylor, age 46, also of Cordova; Robert Green, age 55, of Orangeburg; Kimberly Donaldson Broughton, age 33, of Santee; Pamela Richardson, age 41, of Florence; Latisha Brown, age 36, of Lake City; Cheryl Frazier, age 42, of Orangeburg; and Lorraine Porcher, age 46, of Sumter all pleaded guilty to their charge.
United States District Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr., of Columbia accepted the guilty pleas and will impose their sentences after he reviews the presentence reports prepared by the US Probation Office.
Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that Malentha Robinson-Taylor worked for an Orangeburg-based dentist. She and her husband, R; L. Robinson-Taylor recruited people who supplied their Blue Cross Blue Shield policy numbers to them. Ms. Robinson-Taylor then submitted claims as though these individuals had been seen by her dentist employer, even though they had not.
Checks were then sent directly to the beneficiaries for services that had not been performed, they split the proceeds with the Robinson-Taylors.
The other six individuals who pleaded guilty were all beneficiaries who received checks as part of the fraud scheme. The total claims submitted totaled approximately $800,000. The amount paid was around $368,000.
Nettles said the maximum penalty for Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud is imprisonment for 20 years, and/or a fine of $250,000.
The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.