OKC Counselor Indicted for Medicaid Fraud
OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City counselor has been named in a multicounty grand jury indictment unsealed Thursday in Oklahoma County District Court.
Vickie Rhea Yearwood, 53, a licensed professional counselor through Beacon Pointe LLC and Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth, was indicted on two counts of Medicaid fraud.
According to the indictment, Yearwood presented false claims for reimbursement to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) for more than $5,000 in services between October and December. The indictment also alleges Yearwood created false documentation for counseling sessions that didn’t occur.
Yearwood previously pleaded guilty to one count of Medicaid fraud in April 2011 and received a 5-year deferred sentence.
“One of our top priorities is to investigate and prosecute criminals who try to take advantage of the system and commit fraud at taxpayer expense,” Attorney General Scott Pruitt said. “We hope this sends a message that fraud will not be tolerated.”
The Oklahoma Multicounty Grand Jury investigated the fraud claim with assistance from the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The state’s multicounty grand jury investigates criminal matters in all 77 counties, assisting local law enforcement as well as handling matters of state interest. The 13th grand jury has thus far returned 17 indictments, involving 14 defendants, in cases filed in four counties.