AG Gansler: Woodstock Man Sentenced for Medicaid Fraud Scheme
Husband of dentist receives 1 year in prison, ordered to pay restitution
Baltimore, MD ( Dec. 13, 2012) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Spencer Brown, 51, of Woodstock, was sentenced by Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Wanda K. Heard to five years in the Division of Corrections, with all but one year suspended. Brown had previously pleaded guilty to one count of Medicaid fraud for billing the Medicaid program $156,918 for services that were never rendered.
"We hope this sentence serves as a deterrent to those few in the health care industry who seek to betray the trust of their patients and defraud the taxpayer," said Attorney General Gansler. "This defendant rightfully received a severe punishment for defrauding a system that helps the most vulnerable among us."
Upon completing his jail term, Brown will be placed on supervised probation for five years. Special conditions of the probation include completing 150 hours of community service and paying $156,918 in restitution. The charges arose out of claims for dental services submitted to the State Medicaid program by Brown, in his capacity as an employee of his wife, Lisa Valentine, D.D.S., from January 2008 through November 2010.
In making the announcement, Attorney General Gansler wishes to thank Assistant Attorney General Tom Rafter, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Investigator Mark Holback and the Maryland State Police for their work on this case.