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Owner of Speech Therapy Company Sentenced to Prison for Medicaid Fraud

PRESS ADVISORY

Owner of Speech Therapy Company Sentenced to Prison for Medicaid Fraud

July 1, 2014

Former Georgia Medicaid provider Timothy Robinson was sentenced today by Cobb Superior Court Judge A. Gregory Poole to two years in prison, followed by eight years probation, for submitting fraudulent bills to Georgia Medicaid totaling over $582,000. Robinson pleaded guilty to one count of Medicaid Fraud (O.C.G.A. § 49-4-146.1 (b) (1)) on April 17, 2014.

“My office takes seriously our responsibility to ensure that those who steal from Georgia Medicaid are held accountable,” said Attorney General Sam Olens. “This case sends a strong message that the false billing of Medicaid will not be tolerated. Mr. Robinson has learned that lesson and is now paying for his actions with a prison sentence.”

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 $582,484.71 in Medicaid payments to which he was not entitled. 

The judge ordered that Robinson pay restitution in the amount of $582,484.71 to the Georgia Department of Community Health.

Assistant Attorney General Henry A. Hibbert prosecuted 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.