MICHIGAN — The owner of two  adult day care centers in Flint, Michigan was sentenced to eight years  for his role in a $3.2 million Medicare fraud scheme by submitting false billing claims for psychotherapy that was never provided, according to federal officials.

From 2009 to 2012, Glenn English, 53, would bring mentally disabled residents from the Flint-area adult foster care homes to his two New Century adult day care centers,  as well as people who wanted drugs . English and others at New Century would use their names to bill Medicare for psychotherapy that was not provided.

U.S. District Court Judge Victoria A. Roberts also ordered English to pay $988,529 in restitution.

On Oct. 18, 2013, , English and co-defendant Richard Hogan were found guilty by a federal jury for their roles in organizing and directing a psychotherapy fraud scheme.

The evidence also showed that English ordered his employees to falsify patient records stating that psychotherapy was being provided, according to authorities.

English also instructed New Century clients to pre-sign sign-in sheets for months at a time, for dates they were not there, and used these signatures to make claims to Medicare that these clients had been provided services.

Since it began  in March 2007, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, now operating in nine cities across the country, has charged more than 1,700 defendants who have collectively billed the Medicare program for more than $5.5 billion.

 

By Raul

Raul Hernandez is a former journalist. He has worked as a newspaper reporter for more than 30 years at the El Paso Herald-Post, El Paso Times, Press Enterprise in Riverside, California and the Ventura County Star in California. He was a court reporter for more than 20 years.