Behavioral Analyst Pleads Guilty To Health Care Fraud
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – July 16, 2013 - Jenny Lynn Hall, formerly known as Jenny Lynn Unterstein, 37, of Smithville, Tenn., pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court, to health care fraud, announced David Rivera, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Hall was a licensed and board-certified behavioral analyst with a Ph.D. in applied behavioral analysis and provided services to individuals with mental, behavioral or developmental disabilities. At the plea hearing, Hall admitted to creating false documents and forging signatures in 2009 and 2010 to obtain payment from Medicaid for behavioral analysis services that she never provided.
Hall will be sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge William Haynes on October 7, 2013. She faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, as well as forfeiture of proceeds derived from the fraud.
This investigation was conducted by agents of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William F. Abely.
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