Southwest Michigan couple charged with Medicaid fraud tied to family counseling business

BERRIEN COUNTY, MI — A Michigan husband and wife are facing 39 counts of Medicaid fraud.

The man was a licensed marriage and family counselor, while his wife worked as officer manager, administrator and biller at Highland Counseling Center in Niles, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a news release.

The Niles couple started the business in 2013, the release said. The business is still in existence but is not in good standing with the state of Michigan as of March 2019, per records.

The couple is scheduled for arraignment on the charges on Oct. 13. MLive does not name criminal defendants until they have been arraigned.

The husband is facing 22 felony counts of Medicaid fraud – false claim. The wife is facing 17 felony counts of the same charge. Each count carries a four-year penalty.

The wife worked as a biller for a different medical office, where she got patient information and billed Medicaid for counseling sessions provided by Highland…

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