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Wednesday, July 9, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY– Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit filed charges against a counselor at Oklahoma Counseling Services (OCS). The charged counselor turned herself over to local authorities Wednesday morning.
Annie G. King, 41, of Pryor, a licensed professional counselor providing mental health services, was charged with three counts of Medicaid fraud.
According to the charges filed in Oklahoma County District Court, King deceptively billed the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) for more than $14,000 for services provided between January 2009 and August 2011. An investigation by the AG’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit revealed that King was fraudulently billing for services.Several billings were submitted for times during which King was gambling at a local casino.
According to court documents filed, OCS parents of underage clients verified at what time the services were provided and identified dates and types of counseling that were not provided. Investigators found the dates of several false services provided matched dates and times of King’s player card history at Cherokee Nation Hard Rock Casino.
If convicted, King faces up to 7 years in prison and/or fines of more than $44,800.
The Attorney General’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.