For Immediate Release
February 5, 2009
Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey S. Cahill
Assistant Attorney General Philip B. Bradley
Attorney General Kelly A. Ayotte has announced that Lee Bird, age 55, a mental health counselor formerly engaged in private practice in Concord, was convicted of theft by deception in the Merrimack County Superior Court for obtaining reimbursement from the State's Medicaid program for services that he never performed.
As a licensed clinical social worker, Bird provided therapy services to clients who were eligible for Medicaid benefits. After he stopped seeing some clients, Bird continued billing the Medicaid program for therapy services. This fraud occurred between January of 2004 and February of 2007. As part of the negotiated sentence, Bird pleaded guilty to theft, agreed to pay restitution of $21,700, and will be incarcerated for six months with additional jail time suspended for three years.
The case was prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Unit, which investigates fraud by providers of services as well as physical abuse and financial exploitation cases involving residents in long-term care facilities. According to Attorney General Ayotte, "Those who defraud government programs like Medicaid and waste our taxpayers' money will be prosecuted and held accountable."
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