Nine therapists are, in fact, accused of stealing more than $3 million from an East Coast state Early Intervention Program (EIP). These are actually meaning to help children with developmental delays, according to federal prosecutors.
Nine Therapists do the Unconscionable
In a federal court in a city in New York, a criminal complaint was unsealing today. The charges center around the therapists stealing more than $3 million from the EIP. It will include more than $993,000 from Medicaid. Also more than $1,998,000 from the New York City City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). This agency does receive federal funds.
EIP Provides Services to Children
The EIP is a New York State program is provides remedial services to children that have developmental delays from their birth to age three. This is according to prosecutors. In fact, these services do include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, special instruction, and social work services.
Nine Therapists Under Arrest
All EIP therapists, the accusing, on Tuesday were arresting. In fact, they are scheduling to make their first appearance that same afternoon.
Between January 1, 2015, and June 30, 2019, according to the complaint, the nine therapists allegedly submitted fraudulent documents for thousands of EIP therapy sessions. Moreover, they never did take place. Also, they totally received millions of dollars as payments for these non-existent sessions.
There are fraudulent bills submitting for sessions that do not take place. This is very unfair since each EIP recipient is really only entitling to a certain number of sessions. It does deprive infants and toddlers with developmental delays of EIP therapy sessions they are entitling to receive, prosecutors note.
The charges were announcing. United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Breon Peace, also Assistant Director-in-Charge for the New York Field Office of the FBI Michael J. Driscoll announced them. As well as New York City Department of Investigation (DOI) Commissioner Margaret Garnett, too