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Owner of St. Petersburg Treatment Facility Pleads Guilty to Health-Care Fraud

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The U.S. attorney says he stole and misused the billing credentials of doctors to submit more than $1.2 million in false and fraudulent claims to the Florida Medicaid program and related managed care organizations.

TAMPA – A St. Petersburg man who owned a counseling service has pleaded guilty to filing false claims to Medicaid and other health-care providers, the U.S. Attorney’ s Office for the Middle District of Florida said.

Marcus Anderson, 34,of  St. Petersburg, pleaded guilty to health care fraud. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.

According to court documents, in April 2011, Anderson opened a treatment facility that offered counseling services in St. Petersburg. Beginning in or about May 2015, and continuing through April 2018, Anderson stole and misused the billing credentials of doctors to submit more than $1.2 million in false and fraudulent claims to the Florida Medicaid program and related managed care organizations. Anderson sought payment for these fraudulent claims long after the rendering providers had left his employment.

The bogus claims also included services that patients had never even received. Anderson falsely claimed that some patients had received counseling and related services at his treatment facility, when he knew the patients were not there. Some patients were hospitalized or in residential living facilities when Anderson falsely claiming they were in his care. The treatment facility was shuttered in 2018.

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