Andrews woman charged with health care fraud

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - An Andrews woman is charged with billing Medicare for hundreds of thousands of dollars in nonexistent services.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles says 53-year-old Queen Edwards Nesmith was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury in Charleston on federal charges of health care fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Nesmith is the former operator of Highmarket Primary Care, a Georgetown medical clinic she sold in 2007.

Prosecutors say she continued to bill Medicare after the sale, receiving more than $400,000 for non-existent services supposedly rendered by a medical doctor who no longer worked there.

Nesmith could face a possible 12 years in prison if convicted. Court records listed no attorney for her.