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AG Gansler Secures Guilty Plea in Medicaid Fraud Case
Pa. woman submitted false claims for psychotherapy services she never provided


Baltimore, MD (May 23, 2012) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Vontina Montez Hall, 37, of York, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in Baltimore City Circuit Court to Felony Medicaid Fraud for billing the Medicaid Program for psychotherapy services that she had not provided. Sentencing is scheduled for July 20. Felony Medicaid Fraud is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

"Any attempt to defraud the Medicaid program harms individuals who need quality medical care," said Attorney General Gansler. "Crimes like this also harm hard-working taxpayers who help fund important services such as Medicaid."

Hall, a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical, was authorized by Medicaid as an individual provider to provide mental health services to Medicaid recipients. Hall owned and operated True Healthcare Solutions, LLC, located at 2609 Poplar Drive in Gwynn Oak, and at 1101 North Calvert Street in Baltimore. From January 2006 through July 2007, Hall submitted claims for and was paid more than $112,000 by Medicaid for psychotherapy services that she never provided.

The case was investigated by the Office of the Attorney General Medicaid Fraud Control Unit with the assistance of the Maryland State Police and based on a referral from the Mental Hygiene Administration's Office of Managed Care Compliance.

   

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