May 9, 2018

Probation for Windsor woman's Medicaid fraud

A Windsor woman who conspired to defraud Connecticut's Medicaid program must serve five years of probation, prosecutors say.

Beverly Coker, 70, was sentenced Tuesday in Bridgeport federal court following her April 2016 conviction on one count of healthcare fraud, the Connecticut U.S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

In April, Coker's co-conspirator, Ronette Brown, was ordered to spend four years in prison and repay the state $2,033,962.

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 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, authorities said.

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