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Co-Defendant in Jeff Davis County Medicaid Fraud Case Pleads Guilty

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Co-Defendant in Jeff Davis County Medicaid Fraud Case Pleads Guilty

September 14, 2011

Stephanie Gill, the co-defendant in a Jeff Davis County Medicaid Fraud case, pled guilty on September 12, 2011, in Jeff Davis County Superior Court to two misdemeanor counts of Theft by Taking (O.C.G.A. § 16-8-2). Between October 2006 and September 2009, Gill conspired with Robert W. DeHaven to falsely bill Medicaid for services that were not rendered.

Judge E.M. Wilkes, III, sentenced Gill to two years, to be served on probation. Additionally, she was ordered to pay a $1,000.00 fine and restitution in the amount of $1,000.00.

On August 26, 2011, co-defendant DeHaven, an individual and family mental health and substance abuse counselor and owner of DeHaven Healthcare, Inc., pled to guilty to one count of Medicaid Fraud (O.C.G.A. § 49-4-146.1(b)) for collecting Medicaid reimbursements for counseling services which he did not perform. He was sentenced to 10 years, two to serve and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $270,295.00. 

Senior Assistant Attorney General D. Williams-McNeely prosecuted DeHaven on behalf of the State of Georgia. The case was investigated by Fraud Investigator Tiffany Reed and Investigative Auditor Kim Kolesnik of the Georgia Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and Agent Merlin Ector of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.