CSAO: Norwich Counselor Charged in Scheme to Defraud Medicaid

Norwich Counselor Charged in Scheme to Defraud Medicaid

A Norwich counselor was arrested today and charged with billing the government-run Medicaid health care program nearly $200,000 in fraudulent claims, more than half of which were for herself and family members.

SUSAN J. BRITT, age 47, of Nemczuk Drive in Norwich, was arrested by Inspectors from the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney and charged with two counts each of Larceny in the First Degree By Defrauding A Public Community and Health Insurance Fraud, and one count each of Criminal Attempt to Commit Larceny in the First Degree By Defrauding A Public Community and Identity Theft in the First Degree.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, the Department of Social Services, which administers the Medicaid program, became suspicious in 2012 of billings submitted by An Inner Peace, a business Britt operates out of her home providing counseling to patients with mental, behavioral and emotional disorders.

Subsequent investigation revealed Britt was the highest paid professional counselor in Connecticut by far when compared to peers, the warrant states, and that despite her substantial Medicaid earnings she and three family members were themselves enrolled in Medicaid, which provides health care coverage to low income individuals.

Over a five-year period beginning in June 2013, Britt billed Medicaid for services that were either never rendered or billed at a higher reimbursement rate than allowed. In all, she submitted fraudulent claims involving 17 patients totaling $91,042.68, and another $103,733.84 in fraudulent claims for herself and family members, the warrant states.

Britt was released on $225,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Hartford Superior Court, Part A, on August 16, 2018.  The charges are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The Office of the Attorney General is seeking to seeking to recover damages under the state’s False Claims Act through a separate civil action announced today against Britt.

Larceny in the First Degree By Defrauding A Public Community, Criminal Attempt to Commit Larceny in the First Degree By Defrauding A Public Community and Identity Theft in the First Degree are class B felonies each punishable by up to 20 years in prison.  Health Insurance Fraud is an unclassified felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

The case will prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The Unit is grateful for the assistance it received in this investigation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, the state Department of Social Services Office of Quality Assurance, state Attorney General’s Office and the Rocky Hill Police Department.



Content Last Modified on 6/21/2018 3:37:57 PM