No Means No

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Corrupt doctor with money in his pocket

Behavioral health providers serve individuals who need help with a variety of mental health and substance use needs. These services can be provided in settings from prevention programs to community-based and inpatient treatment programs. Janice Wrenn, formerly known as Janice Briggs, committed Medicaid fraud through the behavioral health facilities she operated in Oklahoma City and Edmond, Oklahoma. (And now it appears she needs some specialized treatment of her own for her fraudulent behavior.)

The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office Medicaid Fraud Control Unit received a tip that Briggs Family & Youth Association submitted false claims to Medicaid. Even after the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA), which administers the Oklahoma Medicaid program, terminated the contracts her company had, Wrenn continued to illegally submit claims to the government health care program.

Wrenn was found guilty of six counts of Medicaid fraud by an Oklahoma County jury. At the sentencing hearing, the court ordered her to pay $393,934.86 in restitution.

Medicaid benefits are intended to pay for medical care for vulnerable, low-income individuals. Instead, Wrenn’s illegal behavior allowed her to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars intended for people mired in many difficult situations. (This fraudster is fortunate that she did not have to serve time behind bars. Let’s hope she understands that when Medicaid says “No,” the agency really means “No.”)

Today’s Fraud of the Day comes from an article, “Operator of health facilities convicted of Medicaid fraud,” published by kfor.com on March 23, 2022.

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A woman who operated behavioral health facilities in Oklahoma was ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for her role in a Medicaid fraud scheme.

Janice Wrenn, who was formerly known as Janice Briggs, operated behavioral health facilities in Oklahoma City and Edmond.

 

 

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Larry Benson, Senior Director of Strategic Alliances, LexisNexis Risk Solutions - Government

Larry Benson is responsible for developing strategic partnerships and solutions for the government vertical. His expertise focuses on how government programs are defrauded by criminal groups, and the approaches necessary to prevent them from succeeding.

Mr. Benson has 30 years of experience in sales and business development. Before joining LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, he spent 12 years founding and managing two software technology startups. During the 1990s he spent 10 years as a Regional Director helping to grow a New England-based technology company from 300 employees to 7,000. He started his career with Martin Marietta Aerospace working on laser guided weapons and day/night vision systems.

A sought-after speaker and accomplished writer, Mr. Benson is the principal author of “Fraud of the Day,” a website dedicated to educating government officials about how criminals are defrauding government programs. He has co-authored WTF? Where’s the Fraud? How to Unmask and Stop Identity Fraud’s Drain on Our Government, and Data Personified, How Fraud is Changing the Meaning of Identity.

Benson holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Albright College, and earned two graduate degrees – a Master of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Engineering from Lehigh University.