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Owner of Speech Therapy Company Charged with Stealing from Georgia Medicaid

PRESS ADVISORY

Owner of Speech Therapy Company Charged with Stealing from Georgia Medicaid

July 29, 2013

On Thursday, July 25, 2013, a Cobb County Grand Jury indicted Timothy Robinson on four counts of Medicaid Fraud (O.C.G.A. § 49-4-146.1 (b) (1)) and four counts of Identity Fraud (O.C.G.A. § 16-9-121) for falsely billing Georgia Medicaid for services that were not provided.

Robinson was the owner and operator of Robinson Rehabilitation Services, Inc., which offered speech therapy services. He employed four speech therapists to provide speech therapy services, mainly around the Metro Atlanta area. He was authorized to submit billing on their behalf to Georgia Medicaid during their employment with Robinson Rehabilitation.

An investigation revealed that the speech therapists terminated their employment, each at different times in 2009 and 2010. From roughly 2009 until February of 2013, Robinson submitted false claims for reimbursement to Georgia Medicaid using the four speech therapists’ provider identification and provider numbers after they had terminated employment with Robinson Rehabilitation. In total, Robinson fraudulently received $549,326.05 in Medicaid payments to which he was not entitled. 

Medicaid Fraud is punishable by one to ten years in prison and a fine of $10,000. Identity fraud is punishable by one to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

Assistant Attorney General Henry A. Hibbert is prosecuting the case on behalf of the State of Georgia. The case was investigated by Investigator Ralph Harper and Auditor Investigator Aaron Cohen of the Georgia Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.