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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 27, 2020

Founder and CEO of Fresno Substance Abuse Treatment Center Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Health Insurance Carriers

FRESNO, Calif. — Orlando Gillam, 46, of Fresno, pleaded guilty Thursday to mail fraud in connection with false claims he submitted to public and private health insurers, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, Gillam is the founder and CEO of Dunamis Inc. Group Home, a nonprofit that provided services that included alcohol and drug treatment and counseling. Between January 2016 and January 2018, Gillam falsely billed insurers hundreds of thousands of dollars for alcohol and drug treatment and counseling, mental health treatment, and group and individual psychotherapy purportedly rendered to multiple individuals. Those individuals did not receive the services billed, and several of them were not Dunamis clients at all.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of Personnel Management Office of Inspector General, and the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorney Vincente A. Tennerelli is prosecuting the case.

Gillam is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 20. He faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $$250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

Topic(s): 
Health Care Fraud
Press Release Number: 
1:19-cr-080
Updated August 28, 2020