Andrews woman indicted for health care fraud

ANDREWS, S.C. (WCIV) -- An Andrews woman was indicted Tuesday on charges she committed health care fraud.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 53-year-old Queen Edwards Nesmith was charged in a two-count indictment of health care fraud and aggravated identity theft.

If Nesmith is convicted, she faces a mandatory two-year sentence on the identity theft charge and a 10-year sentence along with a $250,000 fine on the fraud charges.

According to prosecutors, Nesmith operated Highmarket Primary Care in Georgetown and sold the company to another provider in 2007. However, she allegedly continued billing Medicare for more than $400,000 for services the facility did not provide by a doctor no longer associated with the clinic.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Eric Klumb.