AG Pruitt Charges OKC Counseling Agency Employees with Medicaid Fraud
OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has filed charges in Oklahoma County District Court against several counselors with YouthCare of Oklahoma, including a principal with Oklahoma City Public Schools and a probation officer with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
Cynthia Barchue, 52, of Oklahoma City, principal of Greystone Upper Elementary School and a licensed alcohol and drug counselor under supervision, was charged with three felony counts of Medicaid fraud.
Joseph Barchue, 56, of Oklahoma City, a licensed drug and alcohol counselor under supervision was charged with one felony count and one misdemeanor count of Medicaid fraud.
Michael Johneel Fenner, Jr., 37, of Oklahoma City, a licensed drug and alcohol counselor under supervision, was charged with one felony count and one misdemeanor count of Medicaid fraud.
According to the charges, Cynthia Barchue and her husband, Joseph, were allegedly recruiting current and former students for counseling in 2011 while Cynthia Barchue was principal of Heronville Elementary School. The Barchues allegedly falsified documents and charged for sessions that didn’t occur. According to the charges, Cynthia also was conducting counseling activities while on school time. Fenner allegedly billed for services not provided and falsified documents.
Officials with Oklahoma City Public Schools cooperated with the investigation. The Fenner discrepancies were discovered while investigating the Barchues.
The Attorney General’s 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.
For a copy of the charges, go online to www.oag.ok.gov.
State v. Cynthia Barchue CF-13-411 Information and PC.pdfState v. Joseph Barchue CF-13-412 Information and PC.pdf
State v. Michael Fenner CF-13-413 Information and PC.pdf