Enid Couple Sentenced in Medicaid Fraud Case
OKLAHOMA CITY – An Enid couple have pled no contest to one count of Medicaid Fraud each in Oklahoma County District Court. The man and woman were given 3-year deferred sentences and must pay restitution, Attorney General Scott Pruitt said.
David DeSecottier, 43, a licensed professional counselor, was ordered to pay $13,867.23 in restitution and Anabel DeSecottier, 35, a behavioral rehabilitation specialist, must pay $5,528.12.
David and Anabel DeSecottier were employed with Youth and Family Services in Enid from February 2007 to February 2009. Both submitted fraudulent claims totaling $19,395 to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA), the state agency that handles Medicaid funds.
Also involved was David’s brother, Leon DeSecottier, 56, a licensed professional counselor with Youth and Family Services of Enid and an associate professor for Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Leon submitted false claims for $6,333.72. He was sentenced in November to a 3-year deferred sentence and must pay restitution.
After the fraud was uncovered, the OHCA’s Program Integrity Unit conducted an audit of the Youth and Family Services of Enid and as a result the organization must repay OHCA $150,979.20.
The charges were filed in August following an investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
The 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.