April 25, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
VIRGINIA SOCIAL WORKER CHARGED
WITH FELONY MEDICAID FRAUD
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that Barbara Andreadis,
58, of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, was charged in an two count
criminal information with felony Medicaid fraud and felony insurance
It is alleged that from April 1999 to December 2001, Andreadis knowingly
submitted fraudulent claims to the Maryland Medicaid program and
to a number of private insurance companies, representing that she
had provided psychotherapy services to patients when she had not
actually performed the services. Andreadis, a licensed social worker,
previously operated Crossroads Behavioral Therapy Center in Hancock,
Maryland. An initial hearing is currently set for May 20, 2003.
case is being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the
Maryland Attorney Generals Office in conjunction with the
Insurance Fraud Division of he Maryland Insurance Administration.
an indictment is only an accusation and all persons are presumed
innocent unless proven guilty, a charge of felony Medicaid fraud
is punishable by a maximum sentence of five years in prison and
a $15,000 fine. Felony insurance fraud is punishable by a maximum
sentence of 15 years and a fine of $10,000.