Chesterfield Mental Health Service Provider Indicted for Health Care Fraud
RICHMOND, Va. – Denise C. McCreary, 43, of Chesterfield, Va., has been indicted by a federal grand jury for submitting false and fraudulent claims for reimbursement to the Virginia Medicaid program.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, Attorney General of Virginia, made the announcement after the indictment was returned.
McCreary owned and operated Camp Hope Youth Services, a Medicaid contracted provider of Intensive In-home Therapy Services for children and adolescents. Intensive In-home Therapy Services, one of the many mental health services offered by Medicaid in Virginia, are designed to assist youth and adolescents who are at risk of being removed from their homes, or are being returned to their homes after removal, because of significant mental health, behavioral, or emotional issues. Medicaid requires that Intensive In-home Therapy providers employ qualified metal health workers to provide a medically necessary service to at-risk children and adolescents.
According to the indictment, McCreary billed Medicaid for services that were not reimbursable because the services did not address a child’s specific mental health issues, were not provided by qualified mental health workers, and were not provided to children who were in actual need of the offered service. McCreary also billed Medicaid for services that were never provided. The indictment alleges that Medicaid paid McCreary at least $601,580.00 that she was not entitled to receive.
The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Virginia Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael C. Moore and Special Assistant United States Attorney Joseph E.H. Atkinson.
Criminal indictments are only charges and not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.