February 28, 2014
Jefferson City, Mo. — Attorney General Chris Koster said today his office has charged a licensed professional counselor in the Springfield area with eight felony counts of Medicaid fraud.
Koster charged Sherri Grove for billing Medicaid for family-therapy services that she did not provide. The Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is assisting Webster County Prosecuting Attorney Danette L. Padgett in the prosecution.
Koster said his Medicaid Fraud Control Unit led the investigation after the case was referred by the Missouri Medicaid Audit and Compliance Unit of the Department of Social Services. The investigation revealed that Grove fraudulently billed Medicaid for more than 40 family-therapy visits that did not occur during a six-month period in 2012, resulting in a $2,000 loss to Missouri’s Medicaid program.
Grove is charged with eight class C felonies, punishable by up to 7 years for each violation, plus penalties and restitution.
As in all criminal cases, the charges against the defendant are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
Koster said citizens should report suspected Medicaid provider fraud or abuse and neglect to his Medicaid Fraud Hotline toll free at 800-286-3932 or complete a complaint form at the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud website.