State charges two psychiatric counselors with almost $600,000 in Medicaid fraud | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, November 19, 2015

State charges two psychiatric counselors with almost $600,000 in Medicaid fraud

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The attorney general has announced 20 felony fraud charges against the two highest billers in the Medical Licensed Mental Health Practitioner Program — Al Dodds, 55, of Camden, and Joseph Brannon Randolph, 41, of Fayetteville.

According to a news release from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, the two have billed Medicaid for $1.3 million over the last three years

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that a five-month investigation by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) has culminated in 20 felony charges against the two highest billers in the Arkansas Medical Licensed Mental Health Practitioner Program. Over the past three years, Al Dodds, 55, of Camden and Joseph Brannon Randolph, 41, of Fayetteville have billed the Medicaid program $1.3 million. According to the charges, more than half that amount was fraudulent on not properly accounted for.

Does with charged with felony counts for false claims of $259,000 on six clients. He'd been arrested earlier on one charge in July. 

During the investigation of Dodds, investigators saw an irregular billing pattern by Randolph the news release said. He's been charged with 12 felony counts and is suspected of billing $321,820 fraudulently for 10 patients and failure to maintain records on $112,852.

The men are licensed professional counselors. It provides counseling for psychiatric conditions for people younger than 21.

A Felony Information document was filed today in Pulaski County Circuit Court charging Dodds with eight felony counts including four Class B felony counts of Medicaid fraud, three Class C felony counts of Medicaid fraud and one Class D felony count of failure to maintain records. These charges stem from false claims totaling approximately $259,000 on six clients. The MFCU had previously arrested Dodds on one charge of Medicaid fraud in July.

During the investigation of Dodds, investigators with the MFCU observed an irregular billing pattern by Randolph. On Nov. 18, Randolph was arrested by special agents with the Attorney General’s office on warrants for 11 Class B felony counts of Medicaid fraud and one Class D felony count of failure to maintain records. Randolph is suspected of fraudulently billing the State Medicaid system $321,820 for services on 10 recipients and failure to maintain records properly on an additional $112,852.

Dodds and Randolph are both Licensed Professional Counselors who provide services as part of the Arkansas Medical Licensed Mental Health Practitioner Program. This program is designed to provide counseling for individuals who are suffering from psychiatric conditions and are under age 21. Dodds has billed the state more than $715,000 since 2012; Randolph more than $584,000.

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