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Couple pleads not guilty to Medicaid fraud charges

MOBILE, Ala. -- A Prichard man and his sister, who are accused of ripping off the state's Medicaid program, pleaded not guilty last week to federal charges in Mobile.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Katherine "Kit" Nelson allowed Charles and Veleta Williams to remain free pending trial, which she scheduled for June.

Charles Williams, who owned a Mobile-area group home for mentally disabled people, stands accused for inflating his payroll in order to get higher payments from the state Medicaid program. Veleta Williams worked as the accountant and business manager for Williams Group Homes.

Barre Dumas, an attorney appointed to represent Charles Williams, said last week that it is premature to comment on the allegations.

As conditions of pretrial release, Nelson on Thursday ordered Charles Williams to maintain the same Prichard address where he lives with his mother, restrict his travel to Mobile County and try to find a job. She noted that Williams has a couple of contempt orders and a failure to appear charge on his record.

The Birmingham News


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