Timothy Weldon Arthur, 39, of Columbia and Danielle Nicole Burroughs, 35, of Duncan, entered guilty please in federal court in Columbia on Wednesday, November 16, to Conspiracy. The guilty pleas were accepted and they will be sentenced at a later date. Gary Lee Joiner, 56, of Columbia, pled guilty to the same offense on September 29, 2016.
Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that Joiner was the Director of Orthopedic Service for Moore Orthopedic Clinic between 2006 and 2015. In 2010, when Moore Orthopedic Clinic merged with Providence Hospital, Joined established a fake durable medical equipment (DME) company, Creative Casting Concepts (CCC). He then proceeded to submit false invoices to Moore and Providence, representing that CCC was providing orthopedic boots, when they were not. Burroughs was recruited by Joiner to put her name on CCC in order to keep Moore Orthopedic from learning of Joiner’s connection. She helped manage a bank account and post office box and received approximately $191,000 in compensation over five years. Arthur took Joiner’s position at Moore Orthopedic in January 2015, when joiner retired. Arthur agreed to continue to submit fake invoices. He received approximately $24,000 in compensation before the scheme was discovered in June 2015. Overall, joiner submitted $2.8 million in bogus invoices between 2011 and 2015.