Psychiatrist and Therapists Charged in Healthcare Fraud Scheme

Roger Rousseau, a practicing psychiatrist in Miami, was arrested last week on charges of conspiring to commit healthcare fraud in a scheme that stole $63 million from the Medicare program.   The former director of a mental health clinic was released on a $375,000 bond after his initial appearance in federal court.

Rousseau, 71, served as the medical director of Health Care Solutions Network in Florida that was owned by Armando “Manny” Gonzalez.  Manny Gonzalez was sentenced to 14 years in prison for Medicare fraud charges earlier this year.  In this spin off case, Rousseau was charged along with six Miami therapists: Doris Crabtree, 61, Angela Salafia, 65, Liliana Marks, 46, Ruben Busquets, 49, Alina Fonts, 47, and Blanca Ruiz, 59.

According to the indictment, Rousseau signed what he knew to be fabricated and altered medical records without reviewing materials.  In most instances, he signed these documents without ever meeting with the patients.

The six therapists are accused of fabricating the clinic’s medical records to back up the fake Medicare claims for psychotherapy services.  The treatments were not required since many of the patients suffered from dementia or Alzheimer’s and would not have benefited from the therapy.

Roger Rousseau was charged with two counts of health care fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.  If guilty, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison.

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