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Oklahoma City counselor pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud, identity theft

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OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City counselor pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud and one count of identity theft.

Damon N. Wells, 34, was employed as a Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Specialist at Pennington Creek Life House.

Wells contracted with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to provide behavioral health counseling services to Medicaid recipients.

During this time, officials at the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office say Wells befriended the parent of four children to form a relationship that would allow him to use the children’s Medicaid identities to bill for counseling services he did not perform.

Wells told the OHCA that he spent several hours a day with all four children when in fact, he spent much of his time playing basketball with only the male children.

The parent told investigators for the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit that Wells never counselled the two female children.

Nonetheless, Wells billed OHCA for $42,267.66, using the personal identities of the two children.

As part of the Court’s order, Wells will not be allowed to perform services to any Medicaid recipients during his probationary period.

He was also ordered to surrender any professional licenses that would allow him to provide behavioral health counseling.