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Behavioral counselor pleads guilty to health care fraud

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EDMOND, Okla. – An Edmond woman has pleaded guilty to health care fraud in a scheme where she attempted to bill Medicaid for services that were never provided.

Leann Richardson is a licensed professional counselor who routinely provides counseling to Medicaid-eligible children.

According to the court papers, Richardson fraudulently billed the Oklahoma Health Care Authority for therapy sessions with Medicaid beneficiaries twice a week.

However, authorities say she only saw the children once a week.

Officials also claim Richardson took two trips to Colorado but billed the agency for more than 80 behavioral counseling sessions during the days she was out-of-town.

The 48-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud.

She admitted that she caused bills to be submitted to Medicaid for counseling services not provided.

Richardson could face as much as 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.

She also agreed to pay restitution.