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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Rockport Man is Sentenced to Four Months for Health Care Fraud and Embezzlement

Portland, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Michael A. Morrison, 42, of Rockland, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge Nancy Torresen to four months in prison and three years of supervised release, including four months of home confinement, for health care fraud and embezzlement from a health care benefit program.  He was also ordered to pay about $206,000 in restitution.  Morrison pleaded guilty to the charges on December 11, 2018.

According to court documents, between 2005 and 2016, the defendant was the manager of the Trade Winds Health, Swim and Tan Club in Rockland which also operated a physical therapy practice known as Coastal Physical Therapy.  From 2014 through 2016, the defendant billed about $175,000 in false claims for reimbursement to Medicare, MaineCare, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and a Veterans Administration health care program. Some claims were false because the defendant exaggerated the length of time therapists spent with patients.  He also made claims for appointments that were cancelled, for services that he provided even though he was not properly licensed, and using the names of therapists who were not working on the dates claimed.

Court documents also show that the defendant embezzled about $31,000 from the Health Club by using a Health Club credit card to pay for personal Amazon.com purchases and by stealing cash that he failed to deposit into the Health Club’s bank account.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General; the Maine Attorney General’s Office, Healthcare Crimes Unit; the Department of  Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General; and the Rockland Police Department. 

Topic(s): 
Health Care Fraud
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Contact: 
Jon Chapman Assistant United States Attorney Tel: (207) 780-3257
Updated April 17, 2019