Attorney General files charges against operators of local mental health care facility

AG Pruitt

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed charges in Oklahoma County District Court against the operators of a mental health care facility.

The operators of Central Oklahoma Behavioral Health Services (COBHS) are charged with multiple charges including Medicaid fraud.

John Michael Doneti, 50, of Oklahoma City, and Angelique Marie Williamson, 39, of Choctaw, were each charged with five counts of Medicaid fraud, one count of identity theft, one count of conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud, one count of engaging in transactions involving unlawful proceeds and one count of conspiracy to engage in transactions involving unlawful proceeds.

According to the charges, Doneti and Williamson allegedly billed in excess of $289,000 in fraudulent claims to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA).

Doneti is a licensed professional counselor and Williamson is a behavioral health rehabilitation specialist.  Both were tasked with operations at COBHS.

During an investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, agents found false claims by COBHS for Doneti’s services that claimed he was working more than 24 hours in one day and billing for false claims under another employee’s identity.

Williamson paid clinicians for work they performed, but allegedly dispensed the fraudulently gained money to herself and Doneti.

If convicted, Doneti faces up to 50 years in prison and/or fines totaling more than $1.5 million.

Williamson faces up to 33 years in prison and/or fines of more than $339,000.

 


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