Owner of Fake Michigan Psychotherapy Clinic Sentenced for Role in Medicare Fraud Scheme
|U.S. Department of Justice February 27, 2014|
WASHINGTON—The owner of two Flint, Michigan adult day care centers was sentenced today for his leadership role in a $3.2 million Medicare fraud scheme.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan Barbara L. McQuade, Special Agent in Charge Paul M. Abbate of the FBI’s Detroit Field Office, and Special Agent in Charge Lamont Pugh, III of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) Chicago Regional Office made the announcement.
Glenn English, 53, was sentenced by United States District Judge Victoria A. Roberts in the Eastern District of Michigan to serve 96 months in prison. In addition to his prison term, English was sentenced to serve three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $988,529 in restitution.
On October 18, 2013, English and co-defendant Richard Hogan were found guilty by a federal jury for their roles in organizing and directing a psychotherapy fraud scheme through New Century Adult Day Program Services LLC and New Century Adult Day Treatment Inc. (together, New Century). English was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and seven counts of health care fraud, and Hogan was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
Evidence presented at trial showed that from 2009 through 2012, New Century operated as an adult day care center that billed Medicare for psychotherapy services. English was New Century’s owner and chief executive officer. New Century brought in mentally disabled residents of Flint-area adult foster care (AFC) homes, as well as people seeking narcotic drugs, and used their names to bill Medicare for psychotherapy that was not provided. English and his co-conspirators lured drug seekers to New Century with the promise that they could see a doctor there who would prescribe to them the narcotics they wanted if they signed up for the psychotherapy program. New Century used the signatures and Medicare information of these drug seekers and AFC residents to claim that it was providing them psychotherapy, when in fact it was not.
The evidence also showed that English directed New Century employees to fabricate patient records to give the false impression that psychotherapy was being provided. English also instructed New Century clients to pre-sign sign-in sheets for months at a time for dates they were not there, and used these signatures to claim to Medicare that these clients had been provided services.
The evidence at trial showed that in little more than two years, New Century submitted approximately $3.28 million in claims to Medicare for psychotherapy that was not provided. Medicare paid New Century $988,529 on these claims.
This case was investigated by the FBI and HHS-OIG and was brought as part of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, under the supervision of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan. This case was prosecuted by Trial Attorneys William G. Kanellis and Henry P. Van Dyck of the Fraud Section, with assistance from Assistant Chief Catherine K. Dick.
Since its inception in March 2007, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, now operating in nine cities across the country, has charged more than 1,700 defendants who have collectively billed the Medicare program for more than $5.5 billion. In addition, HHS’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, working in conjunction with HHS-OIG, is taking steps to increase accountability and decrease the presence of fraudulent providers.
To learn more about the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT), go to www.stopmedicarefraud.gov.