KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A man from Lake Ozark, Mo. who admitted to a $1 million scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid is sentenced to three years in prison.
Rhett E. McCarty, 67, of
McCarty was a licensed psychologist
and private practitioner who provided psychotherapy services to recipients of
both Medicare and Medicaid in their homes in the
"Rhett McCarty violated the
trust extended to him by the American taxpayers to provide medical services to
our Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries," said Special Agent in Charge
Gerry Roy of the Health and Human Services - Office of Inspector General.
"He is now being held responsible for his violations. At
Although McCarty did provide some services for most of these beneficiaries, he admitted that he did not see those beneficiaries more than once a week. McCarty also admitted that the amount he was paid by Medicare and Medicaid for services he did not provide to these 19 beneficiaries was $1 million.
McCarty also admitted that he forged (or caused another person to forge) the signatures of five of the beneficiaries on patient sign-in sheets in order to obtain $418,507 in Medicare and Medicaid payments.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lucinda S. Woolery. It was investigated by Health and Human Services - Office of Inspector General, the FBI and the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.