AG Gansler: Professional Counselor Sentenced for Medicaid Fraud
Prince George's County man ordered to pay nearly $20K in restitution
Baltimore, MD ( Jan. 14, 2013) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Terome Knight, 57, of Laurel, pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court for Prince George's County to one count of felony Medicaid fraud for falsely billing the Medicaid program for mental health services he never provided. Judge Michael P. Whalen sentenced Knight to five years in jail, all of which was suspended, and five years supervised probation. Knight was ordered to pay $19,753 in restitution to the Maryland Medicaid program and perform 200 hours of community service.
"Stealing from the public, especially the most vulnerable among us, is intolerable," said Attorney General Gansler. "I'm pleased that this sentence not only forces the offender to give back the money he fraudulently stole from the state Medicaid program, but also requires him to do some good in the community."
Knight, a licensed certified professional counselor, was an approved Medicaid provider. The investigation revealed that Knight would offer his services to individuals who resided in homeless shelters and recently released prison inmates. Multiple Medicaid patients reported they did not receive mental health services from Knight even though he billed and was paid by Medicaid from January 2008 to January 2012 for the services he claimed to provide. Medicaid is a healthcare program for families and children and certain other individuals who qualify based on income levels, disability and certain other circumstances.
The case was investigated and prosecuted by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. In making the announcement, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Tom Rafter and Fraud Analyst Mark Holback for their work on this case and the Maryland State Police for its assistance with the investigation.