Oklahoma City Mother and Son Sentenced to Prison for $770,000 Fraud Against Medicaid
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – DEBORAH A. GRAY, 51, and KEITH B. GRAY, II, 27, both of Oklahoma City, were sentenced to prison this week by United States District Judge David L. Russell for submitting false claims to Medicaid for behavioral health counseling, announced Mark A. Yancey, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, and Mike Hunter, Attorney General for the State of Oklahoma. Deborah Gray, who was sentenced on Thursday, will serve 37 months in federal prison. Keith Gray, who was sentenced today, will serve 12 months and one day in federal prison. Both will serve three years of supervised release after imprisonment. The Court also ordered the Grays to pay $769,578.38 in restitution to Medicaid.
On July 6, 2016, the Grays were indicted on 151 counts of health care fraud. The indictment alleged that from October 2011 through May 2014, Deborah Gray owned and operated DAG Counseling Services, PLLC, which held itself out as providing behavioral health counseling services to Medicaid-eligible children. Keith Gray was a DAG Counseling employee. According to the indictment, the Grays devised and executed three schemes to defraud Medicaid through DAG Counseling. First, they caused to be submitted to Medicaid claims for "targeted case management services" for periods when children were actually being transported between home or school and the DAG Counseling offices, in violation of Medicaid regulations. Second, they submitted or caused to be submitted to Medicaid claims for one-on-one "psychosocial rehabilitation services" that exceeded the billing maximum of 90 minutes per child per day, also in violation of Medicaid regulations. Finally, they submitted or caused to be submitted to Medicaid claims for one-on-one "psychosocial rehabilitation services" that (a) were not actually provided, (b) were actually provided in groups of two or more children, or (c) were provided for less time than was billed to Medicaid.
Both defendants pled guilty on January 4, 2017, to one count of executing each of the three schemes.
"I commend and appreciate the work of our Medicaid Fraud unit, the FBI, and the United States Attorney," stated Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter. "The sentences in this case should send a message that fraud against our children and our taxpayers will not be tolerated."
Reference is made to the indictment and other public filings for further information.
Medicaid is funded jointly by the federal government and the State of Oklahoma and administered by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. This case is the result of a cooperative federal and state investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Maxfield Green and Oklahoma Assistant Attorney General Lory Dewey.