Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
November 17, 2017
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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Four Charged in Multistate Healthcare Fraud Conspiracy

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia and other federal and state partners announced the indictment of four individuals for healthcare fraud. The defendants face multiple counts of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and aggravated identify theft related to fraudulent claims filed with Florida, Georgia and Louisiana Medicaid programs. The four defendants owned or worked with companies that purportedly provided mental health counseling and treatment to children and adults.

“This multimillon dollar Medicaid scheme spanned several states and involved the stolen identities of medical professionals and children—but through coordinated investigative efforts with our federal partners and Medicaid Fraud Control Units in Georgia and Tennessee this scheme was thwarted and arrests have been made,” said Attorney General Bondi. “Medicaid fraud essentially steals from our taxpayers and we will not tolerate anyone manipulating the program to get rich.”

Through the companies, the defendants billed more than $3.7 million in Medicaid claims. According to the indictment, the defendants stole the identities of mental health service providers, including a psychologist and licensed clinical social workers in Georgia and Florida. The defendants’ companies then allegedly used the stolen identities to submit fraudulent Medicaid claims seeking payment for mental health services never provided. Additionally, the defendants allegedly attempted to conceal the scheme by directing employees and contractors to create fraudulent documentation and forge provider signatures to support the fraudulent billing.

The follow defendants face charges in connection to this case:

    Andrea Barrett, 42, Nashville, Tenn.;
    Matthew Harrell, 42, of Atlanta, Ga.;
    Tomeka Howard, 42, of Decatur, Ga.; and
    Nikki Richardson, 42, of Fairburn, Ga.
    In addition to Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Georgia and Louisiana’s Medicaid Fraud Control Units, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Brown and Georgia Assistant Attorney General Robin Daitch are prosecuting the case.

    The companies that the defendants owned and worked for include Revive Athletics, Inc., R.A. Florida, Inc., Jode Counseling Treatment and Training Services, LLC, 118 Management and Consulting, Inc., A Brighter Day, LLC, and Lillie Cares Health Services, LLC.

    For more information about the case, click here.