Howard man pleads guilty in Medicaid fraud

Maryland

September 21, 2007

A Woodstock man pleaded guilty yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court to participating in a scheme to fraudulently bill Medicaid for more than $4 million in services that were never performed, according to the Maryland attorney general's office.

Guy Anthony Bell, 44, of the 2700 block Tallow Tree Road was the chief financial officer from October 2002 until April 2004 for the Bridges Project, which provides psychiatric rehabilitation and therapy for children and adults in Baltimore, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors said that Bell directed Bridges employees to bill for thousands of hours of therapy and services that never took place. The company collected about $3 million for services that were never performed, as well as more than $1 million for psychotherapy sessions that never took place, officials said.

As a result of Bell's guilty plea to two counts of felony Medicaid fraud, he faces a sentence of between two years and 2 1/2 years in prison. Sentencing is set for Nov. 15.

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