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[MM Curator Summary]: Husband and wife psychiatrists sole $658k of your tax dollars with a Medicaid scam. They did not say thank you.
Clipped from: https://www.justice.gov/usao-ct/pr/connecticut-psychologist-pays-658k-settle-allegations-she-received-payments-medicare-and
Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and William Tong, Connecticut Attorney General, today announced that Dr. EVELYN LLEWELLYN has entered into a civil settlement agreement with the federal and state governments in which she will pay $658,294 to settle allegations that she received payments from the Medicare and Medicaid programs for psychology services that were not provided.
Llewellyn is a psychologist licensed by the State of Connecticut. She is married to Dr. Michael Lonski, PhD, who is also a psychologist licensed by the State of Connecticut. Llewellyn and Lonski maintained separate medical practices in psychology operated out of their home offices in Greenwich. Lonski was responsible for submitting claims for reimbursement to insurance programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, for the psychology services allegedly performed by Lewellyn and Lonski.
The government alleges that Llewellyn received payment for claims submitted by Lonski to the Medicare and Medicaid programs for psychology services allegedly provided by Llewellyn to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries that were, in fact, not provided.
To resolve the governments’ allegations, Llewellyn has agreed to pay $658,294, which covers the time-period from November 11, 2014, through and including February 5, 2020.
On December 12, 2022, Lonski pleaded guilty in Hartford federal court to health care fraud. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 12.
This matter was investigated by the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Richard M. Molot and Susan L. Wines, and by Assistant Attorney General Joshua Jackson of the Connecticut Office of the Attorney General.
People who suspect health care fraud are encouraged to report it by calling 1-800-HHS-TIPS.