Former Evansville Mental Health Counselor, Barbara B. Witte Sentenced
Submitted over 2,000 materially false and fraudulent claims to Medicaid and Medicare
Evansville (STL.News) Acting U.S. Attorney John Childress announced today that Barbara B. Witte, 74, of Evansville, Indiana, was convicted of felony health care fraud and sentenced to two years of federal probation by U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young. Witte was also ordered to pay $186,347.55 in restitution and a $50,000 fine.
“Health care fraud harms the entire healthcare system and those that need the care from it,” said Childress. “This office will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to investigate and prosecute those who do their best to undermine that system.”
Witte was a licensed mental health counselor. She provided counseling services for patients in Evansville and Vanderburgh County through her business, B-One Counseling. She billed health care benefit programs, including Medicaid and Medicare, for medical services she provided.
Between January 2014 and July 2018, Witte submitted over 2,000 materially false and fraudulent claims to Medicaid and Medicare. The claims were fraudulent because Witte had not actually provided services to the patients identified in the claims.