- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 2, 2006

The chief executive officer of a District-based mental health clinic has been charged with using a bogus doctorate degree in his practice and submitting phony bills to the city’s Medicaid program.

Ricardo F. Henry, listed as the chief executive officer of Insight Therapeutic Services in an indictment handed down last week, faces charges that he used Medicaid identification numbers of people related to some patients to bill the government for services that never were provided.

His attorney, Gregory Lattimer, said Friday that neither he nor his client would comment on the indictment. A health care fraud charge carries up to 10 years in prison.

Mr. Henry, who has pleaded not guilty, also is the target of an investigation by federal authorities and the Metropolitan Police Department into bankruptcy fraud and weapons possession, federal court records show

When the FBI and city police last week arrested Mr. Henry at his Northwest home on the charges of health care fraud, they spotted a handgun, then returned to seize $9,000 in cash, financial records, a .38-caliber revolver, two Winchester rifles, a .22-caliber semi-automatic gun and other weapons, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Investigators also found a title to a 2001 Porsche 911 Carrera registered to Mr. Henry since November 2000, court records show. However, Mr. Henry, who filed for personal bankruptcy last year in the District, did not list the Porsche among his assets in the case, according to a copy of the Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition.

In January, Mr. Henry received an order from the bankruptcy court discharging him of more than $80,000 in credit card debt, according to court records.

Mr. Henry remains free under “high intensity supervision” that includes a curfew and electronic monitoring, according to records filed in U.S. District Court in the District.

According to the health care fraud indictment, Mr. Henry lied to patients that he had a doctorate degree and falsified bills submitted to the city’s Medicaid program for providing group therapy and counseling.

Mr. Henry told therapists working for him to visit patients twice a month, but billing records show more frequent Medicaid claim submissions, according to the indictment. Mr. Henry also separated billing records and patient case files so that an office worker could not compare claims for services to patient files, according to the charges.

Insight Therapeutic does not appear to be providing services under Mr. Henry anymore. A phone number for the company is disconnected. In his bankruptcy petition, Mr. Henry listed his occupation as unemployed. He valued his stock in Insight Therapeutic at $1.

The indictment comes at a time when the D.C. Medical Assistance Administration, which administers the city’s $1.3 billion Medicaid program, is facing questions about its ability to root out fraud.

D.C. Council member David A. Catania, at-large independent and chairman of the Health Committee, said during a hearing last week that his committee has been investigating millions of dollars in questionable expenses.

The hearing did not include testimony on Mr. Henry or Insight Therapeutic, but concerned the agency’s annual budget request.

“Somebody is cheating, and somebody is stealing,” Mr. Catania said. “I’m tired of saying it, but I’m tired of seeing it.”

He plans to turn over the results of his staff’s investigation of Medicaid transportation services to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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