Arizona Man Charged with Defrauding Medicare, Reports U.S. Attorney

Jun 30, 2005, 01:00 ET from U.S. Attorney

    BOSTON, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- A mental health counselor who formerly
 resided in Malden, Massachusetts, was charged today in an Information with
 defrauding the Medicare program of more than $70,000.
     United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan and Joseph C. Moraski, Regional
 Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office
 of the Inspector General's Office of Investigations, announced the filing of a
 one-count Information charging SCOTT GREEN, age 37, of Surprise, Arizona, with
 Medicare fraud.
     According to the Information GREEN was a mental health counselor licensed
 in Massachusetts.  It is alleged that from at least January of 1999 to January
 of 2000, GREEN devised a scheme to defraud the Medicare Program of more than
 $70,000 by submitting false claims for psychotherapy sessions that did not
 actually occur.
     If convicted, GREEN faces up to 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
     The case resulted from an investigation conducted by the Department of
 Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General.  The case is being
 prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys James E. Arnold, Deputy Chief of
 Sullivan's Health Care Fraud Unit and George W. Vien of Sullivan's Public
 Corruption Unit.
     The details in the Information are allegations.  The defendant is presumed
 to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a
 court of law.
 
 

SOURCE U.S. Attorney
    BOSTON, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- A mental health counselor who formerly
 resided in Malden, Massachusetts, was charged today in an Information with
 defrauding the Medicare program of more than $70,000.
     United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan and Joseph C. Moraski, Regional
 Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office
 of the Inspector General's Office of Investigations, announced the filing of a
 one-count Information charging SCOTT GREEN, age 37, of Surprise, Arizona, with
 Medicare fraud.
     According to the Information GREEN was a mental health counselor licensed
 in Massachusetts.  It is alleged that from at least January of 1999 to January
 of 2000, GREEN devised a scheme to defraud the Medicare Program of more than
 $70,000 by submitting false claims for psychotherapy sessions that did not
 actually occur.
     If convicted, GREEN faces up to 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
     The case resulted from an investigation conducted by the Department of
 Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General.  The case is being
 prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys James E. Arnold, Deputy Chief of
 Sullivan's Health Care Fraud Unit and George W. Vien of Sullivan's Public
 Corruption Unit.
     The details in the Information are allegations.  The defendant is presumed
 to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a
 court of law.
 
 SOURCE  U.S. Attorney