Owings Mills Woman Sentenced for Medicaid Fraud
Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler today announced
that Susan Carol Mehlman, 54, of Owings Mills, MD, was convicted
of Medicaid fraud in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Judge
Martin P. Welch sentenced her to five years in prison with all
but six months suspended and to be served in home detention. Mehlman,
a licensed psychologist and Medicaid provider of mental health
services, was also sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation
upon her release from home detention. Mehlman has already paid
$96,750 in restitution and penalties to the state Medicaid program.
While rendering therapy services to clients at A Caring Hand,
an adult medical daycare center located in Anne Arundel County,
Mehlman submitted claims to and received payment from Medicaid
totaling more than $118,000 between February, 2004 and September,
2005. Mehlman repeatedly submitted claims for rendering as many
as 13 units of service in a single day, although each unit of service
is approximately 45-50 minutes, and the daycare center was only
open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. She also billed and received payment
for family therapy, although there was no evidence that such services
were ever rendered.
Mehlman was suspended from the Medicaid program and as a provider
of public mental health services in September, 2005. As an additional
consequence of her conviction, Mehlman faces exclusion from the
program as a Medicaid provider for a period of at least five years.
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 General’s Office. In making today’s announcement, Attorney
General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Eileen McInerney for her
work on the case.