Therapist To Pay $330,000 In Medicare Settlement
Specifically, Roberts and an employee created and added patient progress notes when no notes had been created at the time of service. The notes made it appear as though Medicare beneficiaries had obtained direct, one-on-one service from a licensed physical therapist when, according to authorities, some of the services had been rendered by unlicensed auxiliary personnel.
On September 25, 2012, Roberts waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty to one count of obstructing a federal audit. He was sentenced earlier this year to three years of probation by Judge Stefan R. Underhill.
Underhill required that Roberts, as conditions of his probation, to comply with the terms of the civil settlement agreement and pay the entire $328,828.
For his civil case, Roberts was represented by Maureen Weaver, of Wiggin and Dana. Weaver did not return calls last week by press time.
The case was investigated by the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The case was prosecuted by Connecticut Assistant U.S. Attorneys David J. Sheldon and Richard M. Molot, and Auditor Susan Spiegel.•