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Local woman sentenced for Medicaid fraud

Published 10:16am Monday, July 15, 2013

A Wetumpka woman is facing up to five years in prison and fines up to $440,000 after pleading guilty to Medicaid fraud.
LaShawn Denise Anthony, 42, pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud on Thursday, admitting that she and her business falsely billed Alabama Medicaid more than $190,000.
“This case demonstrates the commitment of this office to fighting health care fraud in all of its forms,” said U.S. Attorney George L. Beck Jr. “This office will continue to investigate and prosecute health care fraud aggressively and thoroughly.”
Anthony’s now-defunct business, Youth Enhancement and Family Services, Inc., was a non-profit corporation which provided psychotherapy services to students and families. The services were to counsel children with behavioral problems as well as give their families living skills training.
Anthony admitted she falsely billed claims to Alabama Medicaid as if a psychologist with a doctoral degree had provided the services, when in fact the therapist only had a master’s degree.
By falsely filing the claims, Anthony was making more money from Medicaid than what she was legally owed.
Anthony faces a maximum sentence of five years in jail and a $250,000 fine in addition to the $190,000 she will have to pay back to Alabama Medicaid.
Her sentencing by U.S. District Court Judge W. Keith Watkins has yet to be scheduled.

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