- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 12, 2007

Prosecutors want the founder of a local mental health clinic to spend more than two years in prison, saying he lied about being a doctor and harassed the family of an investigator probing his role in a six-figure Medicaid fraud scam.

Ricardo F. Henry, 47, founder of D.C.-based Insight Therapeutic Services Inc., began bilking the government at a time when he was under pressure to meet high monthly loan payments for his purchase of two Porsche sports cars, prosecutors say.

Henry, who has pleaded guilty to making false statements, is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in the District next week. His defense attorney is seeking a prison term of no more than 20 months, saying Henry is in poor health and has no prior criminal history.

“Mr. Henry is a … college graduate with a strong educational drive and an extraordinary amount of pride and belief in his work,” defense attorney Laura K. Rhodes argued in a recent court pleading.

However, according to a recent memo filed by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas Zeno and Glen Donath, Henry should serve 27 months in prison — the maximum under a plea deal struck in December.

The prosecutors argue that Henry made a series of “ominous and threatening” phone calls to the family of a D.C. government investigator who was probing Insight’s Medicaid billing practices in 2002.

In one phone call, he told the daughter of an investigator with the D.C. Office of Inspector General that he was a law-enforcement officer and wanted to talk to her father about taking bribes — a phony claim, according to prosecutors.

During another instance, Henry called the investigator’s 82-year-old mother and identified himself as a Treasury Department employee who was investigating her son for taking bribes, according to the government’s memo. The woman began crying, prosecutors said.

“Simply put, there is no explanation for these phone calls other than harassment and intimidation,” the prosecutors wrote.

Prosecutors also said it was not clear how Henry got the phone numbers of the agent’s family members, especially because the investigator’s mother and daughter have different last names.

“The fact that it would be difficult to obtain this information was particularly troubling to [the agent] and his family,” prosecutors wrote.

Henry also had been charged with bankruptcy fraud in connection with hiding assets, including his Porsche. In addition, prosecutors said Henry lied by telling patients he had a doctorate degree.

In seeking no more than a 20-month sentence, Henry’s attorney said her client has never had any contact with law enforcement until the Medicaid investigation.

“He has paid dearly for it and will continue to pay for his crimes long after he is incarcerated,” the defense attorney argued.

As part of the plea, Henry agreed to forfeit his 2001 Porsche 911, $9,000 in cash and $10,000 in savings bonds, in addition to agreeing to make nearly $200,000 in restitution.

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