November 4, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today Greene County Circuit Judge Dan Conklin has sentenced Joshua G. Johnmeyer, a licensed professional counselor, to serve five years probation with seven days of shock incarceration. Johnmeyer paid $3,654 in restitution at the time of sentencing.
On August 19, 2011, Johnmeyer pled guilty to 6 felony counts, including four counts of Medicaid Fraud (making false statements to receive Medicaid payments), one count of obstruction of a Medicaid fraud investigation, and one count of stealing by deceit. Johnmeyer admitted that he submitted false reimbursement claims to Medicaid for counseling services he did not perform and provided false patient records with the intention to defraud the state and MO HealthNet.
The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated allegations and prosecuted this case in conjunction with Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson.
“One of my top priorities as Attorney General is prosecuting those who cheat Missouri's Medicaid system,” Koster said. “This kind of illegal conduct denies medical resources that would otherwise be directed to needy Missourians.”
Koster encouraged citizens to report suspected Medicaid provider fraud or abuse and neglect to his Medicaid Fraud Hotline toll free at 800-286-3932, e-mail the complaint to firstname.lastname@example.org or complete a complaint form at the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Website.