December 8, 2006
LICENSED COUNSELOR CONVICTED OF MEDICAID FRAUD
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Gabriel W.
Adelanwa, a licensed certified professional counselor
and Medicaid provider of mental health services in the Prince George’s
County area, was convicted of Medicaid fraud in the Circuit Court
for Prince George’s County. Judge Michael Whalen sentenced
Adelanwa to five years in the Division of Corrections and suspended
all but nine months to be served at the Prince George’s County
Detention Center on home detention. He was placed on five years
of probation upon his release and ordered to pay restitution to
the State Medicaid Program totaling $366,000.00. At the time of
his guilty plea on November 20, he paid $183,000.00 toward restitution.
Operating his counseling business as Therapeutic Associates, Inc,
Adelanwa submitted claims to, and received payment from, the Medicaid
Program---totaling more than $400,000.00 within less than two years.
Of that money, $366,000.00 was determined to be fraudulent.
Over the two-year period, Adelanwa repeatedly submitted claims
for rendering as many as 36 to 51 sessions of service per day,
although each session of service is approximately 45-50 minutes.
In other instances, he billed for services that were provided
by two non-credentialed individuals. He submitted more than 2500
claims in which he ‘upcoded’ a 45-50 minute visit
to 75-80 minutes. He also billed and received payment for group
and family therapy, although there was no evidence that such
services were ever rendered. Several clients said that he saw
them no more than five times and then abandoned them, although
he billed for rendering as many as 193 sessions of services for
some of those same clients. Most of his clients were children
with significant psycho-social issues and truly needed mental
Adelanwa was suspended from the Medicaid program and as a provider
of public mental health services in July 2004. As an additional
consequence of his conviction, Adelanwa faces exclusion from
the program as a Medicaid provider for a period of at least five
The case was 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