January 22, 2007
Raquel Guillory, 410-576-6357
BALTIMORE COUNTY COUPLE CHARGED WITH FELONY MEDICAID
FRAUD, CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MEDICAID FRAUD AND FELONY THEFT
Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today
that Tammy D. Smith, 38, and her husband, Anthony Smith, also 38,
of the 4200 block of Huntshire Road in Baltimore County, have been
charged in separate 19 count indictments returned by the grand
jury in Baltimore County Circuit Court with felony Medicaid fraud,
conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud and felony theft.
Tammy Smith is a Maryland licensed certified social worker authorized to provide
clinical therapy services. The indictments allege that Tammy Smith conspired
with Anthony Smith and others from October of 1998 through February of 2004
to defraud the Maryland Medicaid program by making a series of false statements
and material misrepresentations in claims submitted for payment by the Medicaid
program. It is also alleged that beginning in August of 1999 and continuing
through February of 2004 both of the Smiths submitted a series of claims for
payment by Medicaid that falsely represented that Tammy Smith and her group
practice, Family and Children Enrichment Services, had provided services to
Medicaid recipients when they knew that the services had not been provided.
mental health programs provide for a range of services, including
outpatient mental health therapy provided by
appropriately licensed mental health professionals, such as psychiatrists
and social workers. Medicaid is a health care program for families
and children and certain other individuals who qualify based on
income levels, disability and certain other circumstances.
A conviction on each count of Felony Medicaid fraud and conspiracy
to commit Medicaid fraud carries a maximum sentence of five years
imprisonment and a fine of $100,000. A conviction for felony theft
is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
An indictment is only an accusation and all persons charged with
a crime are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven
is being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the
Attorney General’s Office.