ATLANTA, GA—The Office of the Attorney General today announced that a Bulloch County Grand Jury charged Justine Taylor Lewis and Taylor Michelle Lewis with fourteen felony counts of Medicaid Fraud and one felony count of Conspiracy to Defraud the State.

“The public relies upon the honesty and integrity of individuals who participate in the Georgia Medicaid program,” said Attorney General Chris Carr. “Those who violate that trust will be prosecuted, and I applaud the efforts of our Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for investigating and prosecuting this case.”

Justine Taylor Lewis owned and operated Gerdie and Lousie Personal Care Home doing business as Gerdie and Lousie Transportation, located in Statesboro. Gerdie and Lousie purported to provide non-emergency transportation services to Medicaid members.

Between January 27, 2012 and July 17, 2015, Justine Taylor Lewis contracted with a Medicaid non-emergency transportation broker. The charges allege that Justine Taylor Lewis and Taylor Michelle Lewis caused fraudulent billings to be submitted to Medicaid for services that were never provided and supported these billings with fraudulent documentation.

Assistant Attorney General Robin Daitch presented the case to the Bulloch County Grand Jury. The case was investigated by Investigator Ralph Harper, Investigative Auditor Denise Colson, Investigative Auditor Maria Anam, Chief Analyst Carmen Staley and Nurse Investigator Beth Ann Teague of the Georgia Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The Department of Community Health and Logisticare Solutions, LLC also assisted with this investigation.

Members of the public should keep in mind that indictments contain only allegations against the individual(s) against whom the indictment is sought. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty, and it will be the government’s burden at trial to prove the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of the allegations contained in the indictment.