8 New York Therapists Are Charged For Fraudulent Sessions For Disabled Children

October 4, 2018
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New York – Eight therapists were charged by New York police on Thursday in regard to a years-long scheme of faking therapy sessions with developmentally disabled children. The police claim the therapists stole government money allocated for that specific purpose.

The 8 police accused the suspects of stealing more than $600,000 in funds from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Medicaid.

New York Therapists Abused a System for Young Disabled Children

The therapists allegedly abused New York State’s Early Intervention Program. The Early Intervention Program provides medicinal services to developmentally delayed children from birth to age three. It requires therapists to submit notes of their sessions to the state.

Between 2012 and 2018, the suspects submitted thousands of taking sessions notes and invoices. The police now claim that these are fraudulent documents.

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. The papers showed that sessions with two children at two different locations took place at the same exact time. Of course, this is not possible.

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. These punishments reflect the fact that the therapists, if guilty, abused a system that aims to protect vulnerable people. It also reflects the fact that the therapists defrauded the state of hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars.

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