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For Release: September 17, 2010
For media inquiries only, contact: Brian J. Gottstein

Email: bgottstein@oag.state.va.us (best contact method)
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United States Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 17, 2010

Chesterfield Mental Health Service Provider Sentenced for Health Care Fraud

RICHMOND, Va. – Denise C. McCreary, 43, of Chesterfield, Va., was sentenced today to 55 months in prison for submitting false and fraudulent claims for reimbursement to the Virginia Medicaid program.  McCreary falsely claimed she provided mental health services to children who were at risk of being removed from their homes because of severe mental health, behavioral, or emotional issues.

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, Attorney General of Virginia; and Michael F.A. Morehart, Special Agent-in-Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Henry E. Hudson. 

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.

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. 

As part of her sentence, McCreary was ordered to pay $601,580 in restitution to the Medicaid program. 

The case was investigated by the FBI and the Virginia Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.  It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael C. Moore and Special Assistant United States Attorney Joseph E.H. Atkinson. 

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.

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