A man from Charles County is facing several felony theft counts for his alleged involvement in a Medicaid fraud ring. Although the man is not accused of physically stealing – burglary and breaking and entering are not alleged – he still is thought to have stolen thousands from the government administrations that oversee the Medicaid program. Medicaid is a healthcare provision program that allows families, children and sick individuals to access low- or no-cost medical services. Maryland residents are vetted for the program using a combination of income evaluation, disability status and several other considerations.
Authorities allege that the 54-year-old man, indicted on charges of felony Medicaid fraud and felony theft over $1,000, submitted claims to Medicaid for services he never provided. The man is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, according to news reports. He is accused of lying about providing therapy services for low-income patients in the Medicaid program from December 2011 through October 2012. News reports do not indicate exactly how much the man is accused of stealing.
These felonies are accompanied by serious consequences. The man in this case could face decades in prison; felony theft can lead to a 10-year prison term, while felony Medicaid fraud can yield a five-year stint for each count. The man is accused of three counts of each crime. Further, the man could be required to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in criminal restitution for his alleged involvement in these felonies.
Although the man has been accused of these crimes through a federal indictment, he is still innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. A trial date has not yet been set, and the man does not appear to have entered a plea in the matter. Defendants who are facing similar criminal charges may benefit from the assistance of a qualified defense attorney, who can help them learn more about their legal options and rights.
Source: Southern Maryland Online, “Charles Co. Man Indicted in Medicaid Fraud Case” No author given, Dec. 27, 2013