Principal, counselors facing fraud charges

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Three Oklahoma City Public School workers are facing Medicaid charges.

Cynthia Barchue, 52, is the principal of Greystone Elementary and an alcohol and drug counselor; she faces three felony counts of Medicaid fraud.

Joseph Barchue, 56, also a counselor faces a felony and misdemeanor count of fraud.

Another counselor, 37-year-old Michael Fenner faces a charge as well.

Diane Clay with the attorney general’s office said it used to lump all counselor services together under one code which made fraud hard to detect. 

Now, each counselor has their own number.

“It will show a red flag if there’s something wrong,” she said. “There are counselors sometimes that will charge more than 24 hours in a 24 period, where before when they were all under one number you might not know that.”

The charges allege that the Barchues falsified documents and charged for sessions that didn’t occur.

Fenner allegedly billed for services not provided.

The Oklahoma City Public School District has been fully cooperating.

They said in a statement, “We take any allegation of wrongdoing seriously and we applaud the attorney general’s office for their work on this case.”

Clay said they are asking parents to help in the fight against fraud.

“What we are asking parents to do is pay attention to the bills and that has really helped,” Clay said. “We’ve actually had some cases that have been noticed by parents before they showed up in this new system.”

The three suspects have until Monday to turn themselves in.


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