Koster settles with counseling company

Bryan Cohen Jan. 18, 2012, 1:57pm


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced a settlement on Wednesday with the owner of a Dexter-based counseling company for allegedly submitting false claims to Medicaid.

Betty J. Berthelot, the owner of Berthelot Counseling Company, allegedly knowingly submitted false claims for counseling services she did not provide. Berthelot allegedly supplied the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit with altered medical records that were meant to defraud the state.

Under the terms of the agreement, Berthelot admitted that she was not following rules established under Medicaid and the procedures governing the delivery of counseling services.

"Providers like Berthelot are reimbursed for counseling children on Medicaid," Koster said. "In this case, the recipients did not receive the necessary services. I am committed to ensuring providers do what Medicaid pays them to do."

The settlement requires Berthelot to pay $27,190 in restitution and forfeit her status as a Medicaid provider. If Berthelot fails to comply with the terms of the settlement, she could face criminal prosecution.

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