A Maryland man pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to defraud Medicaid and evading both his personal income taxes and his company’s employment taxes.

According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Lamar Taylor, 39, of Bowie, was the owner and operator of Alexandria-based Global Interventions, LLC, a business that marketed itself as a provider of mentoring services for at-risk children. Taylor obtained contracts with public schools in Alexandria and Hopewell, becoming an approved Medicaid-contracted service provider for mentoring services to at-risk youth. Between April 2014 and September 2016, Taylor billed the Cities of Alexandria and Hopewell for hundreds of mentoring sessions with at-risk youth that did not take place, receiving approximately $595,000 in fraudulently obtained Medicaid funds. Taylor also evaded paying over his personal income taxes and Global’s employment taxes from 2012 to 2015, resulting in a tax evasion liability of approximately $398,000.

Taylor pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud, and tax evasion. He faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison when sentenced on October 26. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Mark R. Herring, Attorney General of Virginia, Adam S. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office, and Kimberly Lappin, Special Agent in Charge, Washington, DC Field Office, IRS-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), made the announcement after U.S. Magistrate Judge David J. Novak accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas A. Garnett and David V. Harbach, II are prosecuting the case.

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