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Severna Park Health Care Provider Indicted for Billing Medical Services She Did Not Provide

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - A grand jury indicted Virginia Vought Acree, age 49, of Severna Park, a state licensed Clinical Specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, for health care fraud in connection with billing for medical services she did not render, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. The indictment was returned yesterday and Acree was arrested today.

According to the 10-count indictment, Acree worked as a sole practitioner who provided psychotherapeutic services to patients in their homes and at assisted-living facilities. From January 2003 to November 2007, Acree allegedly obtained $578,780 from government and private health care benefit programs for medical services not rendered. Acree billed for face-to-face psychotherapy services provided to patients who resided in assisted–living facilities in Glen Burnie and Severna Park, Maryland when in fact, she was on vacation in another state or country. She included false information on medical forms and patient logs to conceal the false bills she submitted. Acree also allegedly represented that she had performed a higher level of medical treatment on patients than she actually did, and billed for medical services provided to patients who could not benefit from such treatments.

The indictment seeks forfeiture of $578,780.

Acree faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Acree will have her initial appearance in federal district court at 2:45 p.m. today.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Department of Health and Human Services - Office of Inspector General and the Office of Personnel Management - Office of the Inspector General for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorneys Martin J. Clarke and Tarra DeShields who are prosecuting the case.

 

 

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