Posted November 6, 2016 01:34 am – Updated November 6, 2016 02:42 am
After hearing from dozens of witnesses and viewing enough records to cover the town in paper, the jury in this week’s Medicaid fraud trial acquitted the defendants of all charges except one – Carl “Tony” Wardlaw was convicted of conspiracy.
The Richmond County Superior Court jury deliberated for more than seven hours before reaching the verdicts Saturday night. Judge J. Wade Padgett imposed the maximum sentence possible for Wardlaw, five years in prison.
Wardlaw, the chief executive officer of TWI Conseling, his wife and Chief Finance Officer Stephanie Wardlaw, his sister and office manager Stephanie McCloud, and his sister-in-law and human resource director Sarah Wardlaw, were each accused of conspiracy and 15 counts of Medicaid fraud. They were accused of defrauding Medicaid of more than $3 million.
Tony Wardlaw, a licensed professional counselor, obtained a Medicaid number to participate in the …
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