Oklahoma City federal judge orders Atoka health co. and owner to pay $4.6M following Whistleblower Medicaid lawsuit
An Oklahoma City federal judge on Friday ordered an Atoka health services company and its owner to pay more than $4.6 million in damages stemming from a Medicaid fraud lawsuit.
The company, LXE Counseling LLC, and the owner, Lexie Darlene George, were accused of submitting false Medicaid claims related to counseling services in Oklahoma.
LXE Counseling, based in Atoka, provides behavior and mental health counseling throughout the state under Oklahoma Medicaid to those who can’t afford medical services, according to a news release provided Friday.
Friday’s judgment, written by U.S. District Judge David L. Russell, says the company and owner “do not contest that the United States and state of Oklahoma sustained cumulative single damages in the amount of $1,543,700.”
The more than $4.6 million judgment is triple the sustained damages. George and the company were ordered to pay $121,000 in penalties, as well.
The offenses allegedly occurred between 2010 and 2015.
The judge wrote George and the company submitted or caused to be submitted claims for services provided by people not qualified to perform them. George and the company also submitted claims for “face-to-face” services while she was instead attended a wedding, a funeral or on trips, according to the news
The company and owner will be excluded nationally from participating in Medicaid and Medicare programs for five years, according to the news release.
George, 58, of Atoka, also goes by the last name Batchelor, according to court documents.