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For Immediate Release

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

Harford County Social Worker Sentenced for Medicaid Fraud

BALTIMORE, MD ( Feb. 04, 2011) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Wanda Currie, 50, of the 100 block of Oak Moore Court in Bel Air, pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court for Harford County to one count of felony Medicaid fraud for fraudulently billing the Medicaid program for mental health services she never provided.  Judge William O. Carr sentenced Currie to five years in jail, all suspended, and three years supervised probation.  As a condition of probation, Currie was ordered to pay $53,560 in restitution to the Maryland Medicaid program.

Currie, a licensed certified social worker, was approved to be a Medicaid provider.  The investigation revealed that Currie submitted false claims to the Maryland Medicaid program and was paid for numerous mental health services she did not provide.  Multiple Medicaid patients reported they did not receive mental health services from Currie even though she billed and was paid by Medicaid for the services.

The case was investigated and prosecuted by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit with assistance from the Maryland State Police.  The case was based on a referral from the Medicaid Program Integrity Unit of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  In making today's announcement, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Tom Rafter and investigator Kelly Parker for their work on this case.

 
   

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