Social Worker Charged with Medicaid Fraud
MD ( April 1, 2010) - Attorney General Douglas F.
Gansler announced today that Michael Ryan, 53, of the 12000
block of Seabury Lane in Bowie, was indicted by a Prince George’s
County Grand Jury and charged with 12 counts of felony Medicaid
fraud and 12 counts of felony theft. The charges allege that
while employed as a social worker between January 2005 and
November 2007, Ryan submitted a series of false claims to the
Maryland Medicaid Program for individual therapy services to
medical assistance recipients.
Each count of felony Medicaid fraud is punishable by up to five
years in jail and/or a $100,000 fine. Each count of felony theft
is punishable by up to 15 years in jail and/or a $25,000 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. Criminal charges are merely accusations of wrongdoing,
and a defendant is presumed innocent until the State proves the
defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.