Authorities named the women in a 23-count indictment that includes health care fraud and aggravated identity theft. One of the arrested executives founded the center in 2005 to treat adult and teen drug users. Authorities say the women submitted bills for therapy sessions that never took place. They also billed MediCal for treatments for MediCal recipients who were not patients at the center. The women allegedly falsified treatment records and forged patient signatures on documents to support their claims.
In addition, the women claimed to have provided services to group homes in Lancaster, Long Beach and Carson. The state had not authorized the firm to do business there. State authorities say that the women received payments of more than $1.8 million on billed services in excess of $2 million between 2009 and 2015.
If convicted, the women face up to 10 years in prison for each of the 21 health care fraud charges and two years for each aggravated identity theft charge. The women were arraigned in the US District Court last month.
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