Health counselor sentenced for $200k in fraudulent claims

November 20, 2019

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — A mental health counselor in Connecticut who authorities say billed nearly $200,000 in fraudulent Medicaid claims has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison.

Susan Britt, of Norwich, was sentenced Tuesday to five years for each of two counts of health insurance fraud, suspended after 2 ½ years served.

The Department of Social Services opened an investigation into Britt’s business when they noticed she was using Medicaid despite her high pay. Britt’s practice, An Inner Peace, provided counseling for patients with mental and emotional disorders.

Officials say they discovered Britt had submitted fraudulent claims for herself, her patients and relatives over a five-year span.

Britt has paid nearly $52,000 in restitution and voluntarily relinquished her license to work as a counselor under the terms of her plea agreement.