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For Immediate Release

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

Bowie Social Worker Sentenced for Felony Theft and Medicaid Fraud

BALTIMORE, MD ( Nov. 18, 2010) -Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Michael Ryan, 53, of the 12000 block of Seabury Lane in Bowie, was sentenced by Judge Maureen Lamasney in the Prince George's County Circuit Court to five years incarceration after being convicted of Medicaid fraud and felony theft.  The Court suspended all but 90 days to be served on home detention and ordered Ryan to pay $31,192.50 in restitution while he is on supervised probation.

On September 5, 2010, Ryan was found guilty of 22 counts of Medicaid fraud and felony theft after a court trial.  Evidence during the trial showed that between January 2005 and September 2007, Mr. Ryan billed the Maryland Medicaid Program for mental health services that he never rendered.  In addition, multiple witnesses testified that they did not receive any mental health services from Mr. Ryan.

The case was investigated by the Attorney General's Office Medicaid Fraud Control Unit with assistance from the Maryland State Police. In making today's announcement, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Tom Rafter as well as Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigators Shannon Beatty and Peggy Gayhardt for their work on this case.

   

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