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      Speech Therapist charged with Georgia Medicaid theft

      A grand jury in Cobb County has charged Erika Robinson with one felony count of Medicaid fraud for stealing over $430,000.According to officials with the Georgia Attorney General's office, on Thursday, November 8, 2012, a Cobb County Grand Jury charged Erika Robinson with one felony count of Medicaid Fraud (O.G.G.A. 49-4-146.1(b)) for stealing over $430,000.00 from Georgia Medicaid. Robinson is the owner and operator of Speech Therepeze, Inc., doing business as Progressive Therapy, in DeKalb County and a branch operating in Cobb County.

      Officials say that between January 4, 2010 and January 23, 2012, Robinson was enrolled as a provider of services in the Georgia Medicaid Program TMs Children TMs Intervention Services. The program rules and regulations require that treating therapists must be licensed with the State of Georgia, and the provider can only bill for services rendered. The charge alleges that Robinson employed unlicensed therapists to treat patients of Speech Therepeze. None of these services are reimbursable by Medicaid. Robinson is also charged with fraudulently billing for providing services to patients on days that the patients were not treated. As a result of her fraudulent claims, Robinson received payments from Georgia Medicaid totaling $438,622.03 to which she was not entitled.