Woman Sentenced for Felony Medicaid Fraud
MD ( May 5, 2010) -Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler
announced today that former mental health counselor Joanne
Radulski, 56, of the 2100 block of Oaklyn Drive, Fallston,
was sentenced in Baltimore City Circuit Court for felony Medicaid
fraud for billing the Medicaid Program for psychotherapy services
she was not licensed to perform. Circuit Court Judge Pamela
J. White sentenced Radulski to two years incarceration, suspended,
and four years supervised probation. As a special condition
of probation, Radulski must serve six months home detention
and pay restitution of $17,000.
The investigation revealed that from October 2006 through July
2007, Radulski worked as a mental health therapist at the North
Baltimore Center. The North Baltimore Center is 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,
never licensed as a clinical professional counselor, submitted
false credentials to obtain employment at the North Baltimore Center.
The North Baltimore Center then billed the Medicaid program for
services provided by Radulski.
The case was investigated
by the Maryland Medicaid Fraud Control Unit 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.