Corporate Compliance

Mental health counselor sentenced in Medicare fraud case

Compliance Monitor, December 21, 2005

A mental health counselor was ordered to pay $52,622 in restitution and sentenced to three years of probation, including six months under home confinement with electronic monitoring for allegedly defrauding the Medicare program of more than $50,000, according to a written release issued by the Boston office of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

Scott Green, 38, formerly of Malden, MA, currently of Surprise, Arizona was sentenced on December 14, after pleading guilty to Medicare fraud on August 5. Green, who conducted business under the name Geri-Psychiatric Associates of Weymouth and Lexington, contracted with nursing homes to provide psychotherapy services to elderly patients in their homes.

According to the DOJ, Green arranged for two different physicians to supervise his visits and allegedly used those physician's names to submit fraudulent claims to the Medicare program for treatments he never provided. He also submitted claims that did not comply with reimbursement regulations, amounting to a total of $70,000 in improper claims.

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