August 1, 2006
LICENSED COUNSELOR CHARGED WITH FRAUD
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.
announced today that Gabriel W. Adelanwa, a licensed professional
Medicaid provider of mental health services in the Prince George’s
County area, was charged by criminal information with one count
of Medicaid fraud. The criminal information charges that Adelanwa,
of the 11000 block of Twinlakes Drive in Beltsville, from March,
knowingly defrauded the Maryland Medical Assistance Program in
excess of $500.00 in connection with a public mental health services
program administered by the Mental Hygiene Administration. The
alleged charges took place between March 2002 and April 2004. Specifically,
Adelanwa is charged with submitting claims to the Medicaid program
and being paid for those claims although he falsely represented
that he had provided individual, group and family therapy to Medical
Assistance recipients, when he knew the services were not provided.
An arraignment is scheduled for August 11 in the Circuit Court
for Prince George’s County.
A criminal information is an accusation and all persons are presumed
innocent unless proven guilty. Medicaid Fraud is a felony and
punishable by up to five years incarceration and a fine up to
$100,000.00. In addition, Smith faces exclusion from the program
as a Medicaid provider for a period up to five years.
The case is being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
(MFCU) of the Maryland Attorney General’s Office. The MFCU
conducted the investigation with assistance from the Mental Hygiene
Administration (MHA.) MHA has been working with the MFCU to root
out fraud in its programs, and several cases of possible fraudulent
behavior by MHA providers are currently under investigation by
the Attorney General’s Office.