United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2008 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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ORANGE, TEXAS MAN GUILTY OF HEALTH CARE FRAUD
BEAUMONT, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 34-year-old Orange, Texas man has pleaded guilty to health care fraud in the Eastern District of Texas.
BRIAN KEITH WILSON entered his guilty plea today before United States District Judge Marcia Crone.
According to information presented in court, Wilson was CEO of Assessment Professionals, a drug and alcohol counseling center in Beaumont. From September 2004, until August 2005 Assessment Professionals, owned by Joseph Armstrong, submitted over 50,000 claims to Medicaid for individual and group therapeutic sessions allegedly conducted and provided to Medicaid-eligible adolescents for drug and alcohol abuse. Under the direction of Wilson, employees of Assessment Professionals would obtain children's Medicaid numbers through various means, and then use those numbers to fraudulently bill Medicaid for drug and alcohol counseling.
Wilson could receive up to 37 months in federal prison, must pay restitution of $347,161.89, and must provide assistance with the investigation and prosecution of others involved with Assessment Professionals. A sentencing date has not been set. Assessment Professionals' counselors, Nicola Holtzman, Jimmie Admas, and Armando Carmona, and owner Duane Armstrong are still awaiting trial.
The Texas Attorney General's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating this case. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Christopher Tortorice and Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert L. Rawls.
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