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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Authorities say a Raleigh woman is facing prison time and a fine of nearly $500,000 for defrauding North Carolina's Medicaid program.

The N.C. Attorney General's Office said 54-year-old Gloria J. Sawyer pleaded guilty to five felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald W. Stephens sentenced Sawyer to a minimum of 16 months in prison and ordered her to repay $483,791.47 to the Medicaid program from her work release earnings.

Sawyer entered the plea on Monday. She was one of nine North Carolina health care providers arrested last December as part of a statewide Medicaid fraud sweep.

Investigators said Sawyer concealed her criminal history to obtain a Medicaid Provider number for a company which provides case management services to Medicaid recipients infected with HIV.

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