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For Immediate Release

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Raquel Guillory, 410-576-6357
rguillory@oag.state.md.us

Fallston Woman Pleads Guilty to Felony Medicaid Fraud

BALTIMORE, MD ( March 12, 2010) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Joanne Radulski, 55, of the 2100 block of Oaklyn Drive, Fallston, pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City to one count of felony Medicaid fraud for billing the Medicaid program for psychotherapy services she was not licensed to perform.

From October 2006 through July 2007, Radulski worked as a mental health therapist at the North Baltimore Center, a private not-for-profit corporation which provides mental health care to residents of Baltimore City and the surrounding area. Regulations require that psychotherapy services be provided by licensed mental health professionals. Radulski saw clients, causing her employer, the North Baltimore Center, to bill Medicaid for services provided by Radulski as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). In fact, Radulski does not hold an LCPC license.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 30, 2010. Felony Medicaid fraud is punishable by five years in prison and a $100,000 fine. The case was investigated by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Office of the Attorney General in conjunction with the Maryland State Police. In making today’s announcement, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Catherine Schuster Pascale and investigator Kelly Parker for their work on this case.

   

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