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Mental Health Therapist Pleads Guilty for Role in $63 Million Fraud Scheme


A former licensed mental health counselor at the defunct health provider Health Care Solutions Network Inc. (HCSN) pleaded guilty in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for his role in a $63 million health care fraud scheme. The fifty-year-old Miami resident pleaded guilty in the Southern District of Florida to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. He faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison when he is sentenced on February 20, 2014.

 

According to court records, the former counselor was employed as a licensed therapist at HCSN, a mental health facility that purported to provide Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) services. A PHP is a form of intensive treatment for severe mental illness. HCSN of Florida (HCSN-FL) operated community mental health centers at two locations. Court records indicate that Busquets was aware that HCSN-FL personnel were routinely fabricating patient medical records. Many of these medical records were created weeks or months after the patients were admitted to HCSN-FL for purported PHP treatment and were utilized to support false and fraudulent billing to government sponsored health care benefit programs, including Medicare and Florida Medicaid. During his employment at HCSN-FL, the former counselor and his co-conspirators signed fabricated PHP therapy notes and other medical records used to support false claims to government-sponsored health care programs.

 

According to court documents, from 2004 through 2011, HCSN billed Medicare and the Florida Medicaid program approximately $63 million for purported mental health services.

 

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