- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Five former employees of a Virginia Beach mental health counseling firm have been partially convicted in connection with a nearly $2.5 million health care fraud scheme.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/1BKxbs1 ) a jury found Barbara Bing, Verline Harris, Arlette Johnson, Alfreda Stallion and Johnny Stallion each guilty of at least one felony on the 16th day of trial Tuesday.

The defendants worked as counselors at Progressive Counseling Services.

An indictment says Progressive’s owner and employees received $2.48 million in fraudulent reimbursements from Medicaid.

Defense attorneys praised the verdict as almost a victory because the jury couldn’t reach a verdict on 45 of 58 counts.

Bing’s attorney Jason Dunn says Bing was charged with 11 crimes and found guilty only on one perjury count.

Five other employees have reached plea deals with prosecutors.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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