» Subscribe Today!
More of what you want to know.
The Daily News
X

Forgot your password?
Skip Navigation LinksHome >
VOL. 126 | NO. 37 | Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Memphis Woman Indicted on 214 Counts of Health Care Fraud

By Aisling Maki

Print | Front Page | Email this story | Email reporter | Comments ()

Joann McGhee, 45, of Memphis has been indicted on 214 counts of submitting false and fraudulent claims to defraud a number of health care benefits programs, including Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare, Edward Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced Wednesday.

For two years, McGhee, who owned Memphis-based Meridian Human Services, hired unlicensed social workers and other individuals to perform psychotherapy on residents in private homes and adult care facilities. Instead of psychotherapy, McGhee had the employees perform social services, case management services, activities of daily living training and recreational activities with residents.

McGhee then implemented a billing scheme to defraud Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare in Tennessee. Through Meridian Human Services, she allegedly submitted claims for services that were not provided by licensed clinical social workers.

Between July 2005 and July 2007, McGhee submitted fraudulent billings to health care benefit programs in excess of $1.1 million.

The charges carry a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Sign-Up For Our Free Email Edition
Get the news first with our daily email


 
Blog Get more from The Daily News
Blog News, Training & Events
RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 78 78 7,750
MORTGAGES 100 100 9,764
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 0 0 17,136
BANKRUPTCIES 45 45 6,310
BUSINESS LICENSES 27 27 2,865
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 9,124
MARRIAGE LICENSES 42 42 2,145

Weekly Edition

Issues | About

The Memphis News: Business, politics, and the public interest.