New York – Eight therapists are charged by New York police on Thursday in regard to a years-long scheme of faking therapy sessions with developmentally disabled children. The government money allocated for that specific purpose was stolen.
8 suspects are accused of stealing more than $600,000 in funds from The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Medicaid.
New York State’s Early Intervention Program was allegedly abused by New York therapists. Early Intervention Program was designed to provide medicinal services to developmentally delayed children from birth to age three.
Between 2012 and 2018 thousands of taking sessions notes and invoices were submitted by the suspects.
In return to these submitted notes, they received thousands of dollars in reimbursements from the government.
In some cases, the names of the children’s guardians or parents were falsified on documentation. In papers, it showed that sessions with two children at two different locations are reported at the same exact time.
One of the therapists named Lyubov Beylina submitted 51 invoices for sessions that supposedly happened when she was in the Dominican Republic.
If convicted these 8 therapists will face a statutory maximum of 10 years’ imprisonment.