Jefferson City, Mo. – (1/26/2018) Corrine A. Dale, of St. Louis, entered an open plea in St. Louis County Circuit Court to 15 felony counts.
Dale, a licensed professional counselor, stole $175,609.50 from Missouri’s Medicaid program by falsely billing and receiving payment for counseling services she never provided.
Dale pled guilty to 12 Class C Felonies of Medicaid Fraud, 1 Class B Felony of Receiving Stolen Property and 2 Class A Felonies of Identity Theft. Dale was sentenced to 7 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for each Medicaid fraud count, 7 years for the Receiving Stolen Property count, and 15 years for each Identity Theft count.
The court suspended execution of the sentences, placed Dale on 5 years supervised probation, and as a condition of her probation ordered her to pay restitution of $175,609.50.
From January 1, 2014, through September 30, 2015, Dale stole Medicaid recipients’ identities by using the recipients’ Department Client Numbers, or “DCNs,” to fraudulently bill for counseling services that she did not provide. In addition, Dale fraudulently billed and received payment for behavioral health services to preverbal infants under one year old. In total, Dale submitted 3,561 false claims to Missouri’s Medicaid program.