Psychologist Pleads Guilty Of Defrauding Healthcare Of $1 Million Dollars

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A western Missouri psychologist who was accused of claiming to see patients 364 days a year has pleaded guilty to defrauding Medicare and Medicaid of $1 million.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 67-year-old Rhett McCarty, of Lake Ozark, pleaded Thursday to charges of health care fraud and forgery. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled later.

McCarty is a licensed psychologist in private practice who treated Medicare and Medicaid recipients in their homes in the Lebanon area. Prosecutors said that from 2008 to April 2012, he was paid nearly $1.3 million from the programs after claiming he treated 19 patients almost daily.

He also admitted that signatures of five patients were forged on paperwork.

McCarty’s plea requires him to forfeit $1 million to the government.

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