PORTLAND – A former Portland therapist will spend the next 4 years behind bars, and re-pay $20,000. After pleading guilty to defrauding the State’s Medical Assistance Program.
David Alan Bradley submitted more than $40,000 in fraudulent Maine-Care claims. Prosecutors say he billed out hours he couldn’t possibly have provided because he was either in jail, or in Florida when he said counseling took place.
Bradley says the money was used to care for his sick father, but receipts show Bradley gave the money to a girlfriend.
Attorney general janet mills wants to put an end to cases like this as well as on-going incidents of elder abuse by adding a third attorney to the state’s medicaid fraud control unit.
The new employee would focus on maine-care providers and pharmaceutical companies who file fraudulent bills.
The unit has already recouped more than 61 million dollars from providers since 2010.
The judiciary committee unanimously approved this move in early April.. The appropriations committee will now consider whether or not to approve the position as part of it’s biennial budget.