OKC Youth and Family Counselor Surrenders on Medicaid Fraud Charge
OKLAHOMA CITY — Misty Bobbie Dee Ellerby, 30, of Langston, surrendered to authorities Monday on a charge filed by Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The youth and family counselor allegedly billed for sessions not provided.
According to documents filed in Oklahoma County District Court, Ellerby was charged with one count of Medicaid fraud for submitting false claims for payment to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA).
An investigation by the AG’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit revealed that Ellerby was billing for sessions that never occurred. Parents reviewed the records and verified the correct appointment dates. Some noted their children were in school when the alleged appointments took place.
Ellerby is a licensed counselor under supervision and was employed with Demson Counseling & Associates, Inc. in Oklahoma City, which is no longer in business.
“The AG’s Office is committed to investigating and prosecuting individuals who try to take advantage of taxpayer programs designed to help those who need it most,” Pruitt said. “Fraud of any kind will not be tolerated in our state.”
If convicted of Medicaid fraud Ellerby could receive up to 3 years in prison or a fine up to $10,000 or three times the amount of claims submitted, or both.
The AG’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is the only Oklahoma law enforcement agency dedicated to the investigation and prosecution of Medicaid fraud. The Unit helps raise awareness as well as investigates and prosecutes provider fraud and abuse of residents in Medicaid-funded nursing homes.
State v Ellerby CF-13-212.pdf