Crime

April 30, 2013

Arrest warrant issued for Myrtle Beach youth mentoring agency head

A federal judge on Monday issued an arrest warrant for one of the former leaders of an area youth mentoring agency accused of stealing millions of dollars from the Medicaid health care program through false and inflated billings.

A federal judge on Monday issued an arrest warrant for one of the former leaders of an area youth mentoring agency accused of stealing millions of dollars from the Medicaid health care program through false and inflated billings.

Norman Lewis, who operated the Georgetown office of Helping Hands Youth and Family Services, is wanted for failing to comply with his conditions of his $10,000 unsecured bond.

The now-defunct Helping Hands – a for-profit group that is not affiliated with area charities with similar names – also had offices in Conway, Columbia and Rock Hill. Lewis and his family members, who operated the agency, are accused of fraudulently billing the Medicaid program for $8.9 million. The family then used that money to buy luxury automobiles, homes and other personal items, according to court documents. Lewis and two others are facing six felony charges apiece of wire fraud, conspiracy to commit health care fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

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