April 20, 2018

Medicaid fraud nets Bristol woman 4 yrs.

A Bristol woman will spend four years in federal prison for defrauding Connecticut's Medicaid program for unperformed psychotherapy services, authorities say.

Ronnette Brown, 45, also was sentenced Thursday in Bridgeport federal court to three years of supervised release on her May 2017 conviction for 23 counts of healthcare fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, the Connecticut U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Brown also must pay more than $2 million in restitution.

As previously reported, investigators found Brown owned and operated WeMPACT LLC, a social-services business with offices in Bristol and Torrington, and billed Medicaid for the psychotherapy services between Aug. 2010 and April 2014.

The indictment separately alleges that Brown conspired with Beverly Coker and another unnamed individual to bill Medicaid for psychotherapy services that represented Coker had performed the services, when in fact the services were provided by unlicensed individuals, or were not provided at all, the release said.

Coker awaits sentencing. Three others in the case were charged and convicted.

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