OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt Wednesday filed charges in Oklahoma County District Court against the operators of Central Oklahoma Behavioral Health Services, LLC (COBHS).
John Michael Doneti, 50, of Oklahoma City, and Angelique Marie Williamson, 39, of Choctaw, were each charged with five counts of Medicaid fraud, one count of identity theft, one count of conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud, one count of engaging in transactions involving unlawful proceeds and one count of conspiracy to engage in transactions involving unlawful proceeds.
According to the charges, Doneti and Williamson allegedly billed in excess of $289,000 in fraudulent claims to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA).
Doneti is a licensed professional counselor and Williamson is a behavioral health rehabilitation specialist. Both were tasked with operations at the COBHS.
During an investigation by the AG’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, agents found false claims by COBHS for Doneti’s services that claimed he was working more than 24 hours in one day and billing for false claims under another employee’s identity. Williamson handled financial matters for COBHS and reviewed OHCA payments to COBHS. Williamson paid clinicians for work they performed, but allegedly dispensed the fraudulently gained money to herself and Doneti. Williamson and Doneti maintained joint bank accounts through which agents believe they routed stolen OHCA funds.
If convicted, Doneti faces up to 50 years in prison and/or fines totaling more than $1.5 million. Williamson faces up to 33 years in prison and/or fines of more than $339,000.
The AG’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is the only Oklahoma law enforcement agency dedicated to the investigation and prosecution of Medicaid fraud. The Unit helps raise awareness as well as investigates and prosecutes provider fraud and abuse of residents in Medicaid-funded nursing homes.
For a copy of the charges, go online to www.oag.ok.gov.