New Jersey seizes $6.4M from estate of mental health clinic CEO

New Jersey seized $6.4 million in assets from the estate of the deceased owner of several mental health clinics who allegedly submitted thousands of false claims to Medicaid. 

Daniel Cassell, PhD, owned Kwenyan Professional Health Services, which operated multiple mental health clinics in New Jersey. Dr. Cassell died in December 2022, according to a Feb. 12 news release from the New Jersey attorney general. 

In September 2022, Dr. Cassell was indicted by a grand jury on counts of first-degree money laundering, second-degree theft by deception and multiple counts of conspiracy, insurance fraud and related offenses. Dr. Cassell's clinics submitted more than 10,000 claims for services that were not actually rendered to patients, or billed for individual therapy or other higher-reimbursed services for patients receiving group therapy, according to the news release. 

In addition to submitting fraudulent claims, Dr. Cassell allegedly used his mental health clinics to hide unreported income, and he and his wife allegedly failed to report $11 million in revenue on tax returns. 

New Jersey seized $6.4 million in cash and assets, including 15 passenger vans and funds from the sale of several properties, in a consent judgment resolving the case, according to the news release. 

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