- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 16, 2006

The FBI has seized a Porsche owned by the executive director of a D.C. mental health clinic less than a month after charging him with bilking the city government’s Medicaid program.

The seizure was included in documents filed last week in federal court in the District that also include new details about the case against Ricardo F. Henry, chief executive officer of Insight Therapeutic Inc.

The documents say authorities seized the 2001 Porsche because they suspect Mr. Henry paid his $84,710 car loan with “tainted funds” acquired from submitting phony Medicaid claims to the District.

Mr. Henry has pleaded not guilty, and his attorney has declined to comment.

The documents also state an auditor for the U.S. attorney’s office found that about 80 percent of the hundreds of Medicaid claims submitted by Mr. Henry from 1999 to 2002 were false. The filings say Mr. Henry received about $500,000 from the city’s Medicaid program in 2000 and 2001.

Authorities said Mr. Henry employed a variety of tactics to bilk Medicaid, including using Medicaid identification numbers belonging to the family members of patients who never received services.

Prosecutors said Mr. Henry billed 76 psychological treatments for a mother and nearly 200 other treatments for her three children.

The woman told investigators that her three sons were never treated at the clinic, court records show.

Investigators also said Mr. Henry lied about having a doctorate degree.

Mr. Henry is one of several people charged in the District in unrelated health care schemes in the past few months.

Last month, Dr. Larry M. Bruni, a prominent physician in the treatment of HIV, pleaded guilty to a charge of fraud for improper billing for a drug to prevent heart attacks. He faces more than a year in prison.

In January, prosecutors charged Akube Ndormo, the chief executive officer of a D.C.-based Medicaid transportation company, with health care fraud and money laundering. Prosecutors say he submitted hundreds of phony Medicaid claims. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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