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Supreme Court to Consider Identity Theft Case
William Dubin, a licensed psychologist in Austin, Texas, provided psychological services to a youth facility known as Williams House. As part of a kickback scheme with the head of Williams House, Dubin had Williams House employees conduct intake of kids admitted to the facility, and then Dubin claimed that these assessments were done by himself, a licensed psychologist. In that way, the state’s Medicaid program would reimburse Dubin at a higher rate, and he would kick back some of this money to the director of Williams House. A criminal investigation revealed that Dubin billed for services provided by a licensed psychologist and received by 300 patients totaling 1,896 hours, although those services were not performed by a licensed psychologist. This resulted in an over-reimbursement by the government. Dubin and his medical practice submitted invoices indicating that he performed X services for patient Y, which was not true, and billed the patient’s Medicaid reimbursement number. Simple fraud; and Dubin was convicted of overbilling the government.