Speech Therapist Charged with Stealing Over 430K from Georgia Medicaid

November 9, 2012 12:13 pm

by Bridget Cantrell · 4 comments

Oh, Mrs. Robinson – really?  Not in Cobb, darling.   As a general note, she has some cojones.  A quick Google shows her company’s 2011 revenue estimated at  $190,000.  So, if she (allegedly) stole $430k over two years… was Medicaid her only client?  SMH.

The press release from AG Olens office:

On Thursday, November 8, 2012, a Cobb County Grand Jury charged Erika Robinson with one felony count of Medicaid Fraud (O.G.G.A. § 49-4-146.1(b)) for stealing over $430,000.00 from Georgia Medicaid. Robinson is the owner and operator of Speech Therepeze, Inc., doing business as Progressive Therapy, in DeKalb County and a branch operating in Cobb County.

Between January 4, 2010 and January 23, 2012, Robinson was enrolled as a provider of services in the Georgia Medicaid Program’s Children’s Intervention Services. The Program rules and regulations require that treating therapists must be licensed with the State of Georgia, and the provider can only bill for services rendered. The charge alleges that Robinson employed unlicensed therapists to treat patients of Speech Therepeze. None of these services are reimbursable by Medicaid. Robinson is also charged with fraudulently billing for providing services to patients on days that the patients were not treated. As a result of her fraudulent claims, Robinson received payments from Georgia Medicaid totaling $438,622.03 to which she was not entitled.

Assistant Attorney General Robin Daitch presented the case to the Cobb County Grand Jury in Cobb County Superior Court. The case was investigated by Investigator Gretchen Culberson, Investigative Auditor Denise Colson, Nurse Investigator Darlene Herndon and Chief Analyst Carmen Staley of the Georgia Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Members of the public should keep in mind that indictments contain only allegations against the individual(s) against whom the indictment is sought.  A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty, and it will be the government’s burden at trial to prove the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of the allegations contained in the indictment.

 

The Last Democrat in Georgia November 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm

“Speech Therapist Charged with Stealing Over 430K from Georgia Medicaid”

She stole 430K over two years?…Is that it? Amateur!

…There are guys on Wall Street that can steal 100 times that much in a matter of hours. If Ms. Robinson REALLY wanted to steal the big bucks she should have bought herself a one-way ticket to Washington D.C. to work for the federal government or, better yet, to New York to work for one of the big banks.

Scott65 November 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Its people like this that give ammunition to those who wish to do away with medicaid. She should not just go to jail…she’ll get healthcare there…I wish there was more punishment for someone like that who steals from the poor

American Delight November 12, 2012 at 6:58 am

“Steals from the poor”? She’s stealing from taxpayers. The poor will continue to get healthcare–from the taxpayers.

saltycracker November 10, 2012 at 8:23 am

It should not be about doing away with medicaid but the oversight of this and other programs.
Once the check is issued, recovery chances are slim and the legal costs are high.
The unacceptable answers as to why go off into the void.

Maybe we should rethink the opposition of the Fed offer to pay 90% by expanding it, if the fraud is on the Feds and not charged back just to Georgia.

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