White Plains Man Sentenced for Medicaid Fraud
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Angelo
Reynolds, 39, of the 8400 block of Pattette Place in White Plains,
has been sentenced to five years incarceration with all but one
year suspended, and to be served in home detention. The sentence
comes after Reynolds pleaded guilty in Baltimore Circuit Court
to one count of felony Medicaid fraud for his role in defrauding
the Medicaid program of at least $150,000. The Honorable John M.
Glynn also ordered Reynolds to pay restitution of $150,000 over
the course of five years of supervised probation.
Reynolds, who holds
a PhD in Education and is a former police officer, was the owner
of MYPO, Inc, a mental health clinic that
had its principal office at 1600 Calvert Street in Baltimore City.
From November, 2003, through June, 2004, Reynolds’ company
billed Medicaid $496,000 for mental health therapy sessions it
claimed had been provided to residents of Baltimore City and Prince
An investigation by the Office of the Attorney General revealed
that throughout the seven month period, MYPO billed for multiple
therapy sessions before anyone from the company had met with the
patient. Additionally, company documents showed that Reynolds’ company
billed for having treated patients during time periods when no
therapist was even assigned to the individual seeking therapy.
MYPO received the vast majority of its patients as a result of
referrals from The Bridges Project, LLC, a provider of unskilled
counseling services to eligible Medicaid recipients, mostly children,
in the Baltimore area. Prior to referring patients to MYPO, Bridges
had been referring patients to Dr. James An Nguyen, a psychiatrist.
Dr. Nguyen pled guilty in 2005 to defrauding Medicaid of $340,000
and received a sentence that included 18 months incarceration.
Two of the owners of Bridges, Guy Bell and Robin Carroll-El, have
been charged with felony Medicaid fraud and theft of as much as
four million dollars in and are scheduled to go to trial in Baltimore
Circuit Court on May 16, 2007.
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), which suspended payments to MYPO in June of 2004. MHA has
been working with the MFCU to root out fraud in its programs, and
several cases of fraudulent behavior by MHA providers have been
successfully prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.
In making today’s announcement, Attorney General Gansler
thanked Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstock for his work
on the case.