Oklahoma City Youth Counselor Surrenders on Medicaid Fraud Charges
OKLAHOMA CITY – Keith Carnell Morton, 40, of Yukon, surrendered Tuesday on charges filed by the Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The youth counselor allegedly billed for services not rendered and for altering signed documents.
According to the documents filed in Oklahoma County District Court, Morton was charged with two counts of possession of a forged instrument and one count of Medicaid fraud. Morton allegedly provided four counseling sessions, but billed for 16 and submitted false documentation to support his claims. Morton asked the clients’ foster mother to sign documents verifying his services and then allegedly altered the documents before submitting them for billing.
During interviews with investigators, the foster parents identified the four dates Morton saw the children and refuted the extra dates. They also said the sessions were for one hour each and not for the 90 minutes as billed.
When the fraud allegedly took place, Morton, a licensed professional counselor, was an independent contractor with Maximus Counseling Services, Inc. in Oklahoma City. Morton also was concurrently employed with St. Anthony’s Hospital and Healthy Life Transitions, LLC.
The AG’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.
Morton Charges_Sept 2012.pdf