Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Patrick Crisler Charged with Health Care Fraud and Identity Theft in Connection with Medicaid Billings


TAMPA, FL—United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the return by a grand jury of an indictment charging Patrick Crisler (45, Inverness) with six counts of health care fraud and six counts of aggravated identity theft. If convicted on all counts, Crisler faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison on the health care fraud charge, a fine of $250,000, or twice the gross gain/loss caused by the offense, whichever is greater, and a term of supervised release of not more than three years. He faces a consecutive mandatory minimum of two years in federal prison on the aggravated identity theft counts. The indictment also notifies Crisler that the United States intends to seek a money judgment or forfeit any assets which are alleged to be traceable to proceeds of the offense. Crisler was first arrested on these charges on February 17, 2011.

According to the indictment, Crisler, an occupational therapy assistant and owner of Active Life Rehab, Inc., was charged with health care fraud and aggravated identity theft for submitting fraudulent claims of more than $1 million to the Medicaid program for occupational therapy services that were either not provided at all, or not provided as billed to Medicaid. Specifically, Crisler is alleged to have falsified patient records and knowingly engaged in "upcoding" by using the unauthorized Medical Provider Numbers of other licensed occupational therapists to submit claims to Medicaid for payment to Active Life Rehab.

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