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Man faces charge in Medicaid fraud case

March 19, 2005

A Knoxville, Md., man is facing a charge of defrauding Medicaid of about $92,000 by allegedly submitting claims for service he didn't provide to clients in both Frederick and Washington counties, according to a press release Friday from the office of Maryland Attorney General Joseph J. Curran Jr.

Donny W. Smith, age unknown, of 3745 Maplecrest Court in Knoxville, could face imprisonment of up to five years, a fine up to $100,000 and exclusion as a Medicaid provider for five years if convicted, the press release said.

Served with a criminal summons issued through the Frederick County Circuit Court, Smith was not taken into custody on the felony charge, according to Kevin Enright, a spokesman in Curran's office.

According to Curran's office, Smith is a licensed certified social worker and Medicaid provider of mental health services.

The charge alleges that between April 2003 and April 2004, Smith defrauded the Maryland Medical Assistance program when he was paid for claims he submitted that showed he provided individual, group and family therapy to Medicaid recipients when in fact those services weren't provided.

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The case is being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Maryland Attorney General's office with assistance from the Mental Hygiene Administration, which then suspended payments to Smith, according to the press release from Curran's office.

Assistant Attorney General Eileen McInerney, who will be prosecuting the case, said Friday that Smith is an independent provider.

Calls to Smith's home Friday weren't returned.

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