Owner of mental health service provider gets prison for fraud

The owner of Holy Health Care Services, a Washington, D.C.-based mental health services provider, was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in a Medicaid fraud scheme. 

Julius Bakari, 46, of Silver Spring, Md., also was ordered to pay more than $3.3 million in restitution, according to an April 9 Justice Department news release. 

Mr. Bakari and his co-conspirators paid bribes and kickbacks to Medicaid beneficiaries to induce them to visit Holy Health for mental health services, according to the release. 

The Justice Department said at minimum, Mr. Bakari "deliberately shielded himself from clear evidence" that his co-conspirators were entering false notes into the Integrated Care Management System for services that were not rendered or provided as billed to Medicaid.   

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