- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted 10 people on charges related to defrauding the Virginia Medical Assistance Program.

According to the 105-count indictment, the defendants conspired to obtain reimbursement payments by submitting false claims for mental health support services in 2011 and 2012.

Court records say the owner and operator of the Virginia Beach-based Progressive Counseling Services LLC hired the other defendants to provide mental health support services to Medicaid-eligible clients in the Tidewater area.

Documents said fraudulent assessments of the company’s clients were used to obtain authorization to bill Medicaid. Once obtained, the indictment says the reimbursement claims were bogus because most of the counselors were unqualified to serve as mental health professionals, the counseling sessions never occurred and progress used to document the sessions were fabricated.

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