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Mental health facility accused of Medicaid fraud

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Gwinnett County grand jury this week indicted the owner of a mental health facility for allegedly claiming nearly $1 million in fraudulent Medicaid payments.

According to information released by Georgia's Office of the Attorney General, owner Wanda Francis and several employees at Diversified Family Solutions engaged in fraud between March 2007 and April 2008. The company -- which had two offices in Duluth, another in Stone Mountain, and several more in DeKalb and Fulton counties -- was enrolled in a state program as a provider of "skilled and intensive mental health services in a community setting."

Authorities believe Francis and employees billed the Georgia Medicaid program for services that were either not provided or not properly billable to Medicaid. The indictment also alleges that the defendants "went to elaborate lengths to conceal the fraudulent scheme from the state by engaging in a pattern of creating false, backdated and forged documents."

The total for services fraudulently billed was about $980,000.

Along with Francis, five employees were also indicted this week: Leontyne Scott, Arion Howard, Doris Cotton, Kimberly Marchand and Karyn McCrimmon.

Four other defendants have previously entered guilty pleas, officials said.

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BuzzG 2 years, 4 months ago

These mental health programs are just ripe for fraud and are going a long way to bankrupt the country. It is high time we overhaul them before our $16 trillion debt sinks us totally.

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teelee 2 years, 4 months ago

I think we are already sunk.

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kevin 2 years, 4 months ago

It takes a person to blow the whistle on these people to get them charged. All the billions we waste on government agencies to find this sort of thing are totally wasted. Until a patient complains, nothing is ever found by the government people. Such a waste in this country. No wonder we keep courting China for investments in this country. They own us and we keep buying their junk like good little cheap Amercians that we are.

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