The lawsuit, which was served on Susan Britt and will be filed in Hartford Superior Court, was initiated by the Office of the Attorney General. It alleges Britt, a 47-year-old licensed counselor, violated the Connecticut False Claims Act and was in breach of contract for allegedly billing the state’s Medicaid program for services that were not provided.
Britt was arrested by inspectors from the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney and charged with two counts each of first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community, health insurance fraud, attempted first-degree larceny, and first-degree identity theft. Britt, whose business, An Inner Peace, was located in her home, was released on a $225,000 bond and her case was continued to Aug. 16.
John Maxwell of Brown Paindiris & Scott in Glastonbury is representing Britt. He declined to comment on the matter. Britt’s phone number to her home and business has been disconnected and she could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, the Department of Social Services, which administers the Medicaid program, became suspicious in 2012 of billings submitted by Britt. Britt, the affidavit said, providing counseling to patients with mental, behavioral and emotional disorders.
A subsequent investigation by the state showed Britt was among the highest-paid professional counselors in Connecticut. Despite her substantial Medicaid earnings, the warrant states, she and three family members were enrolled in Medicaid, which provides health care coverage to low-income individuals.
The warrant also states that over a five-year period beginning in June 2013, Britt billed Medicaid for services that were either never rendered or billed at a higher reimbursement rate than allowed. In total, it’s alleged Britt submitted fraudulent claims involving 17 patients and totaling about $91,000. She also submitted fraudulent claims for herself and her family for nearly $104,000, the warrant states.
The lawsuit lays out similar claims against Britt. The suit cites three counts: presentation of false claims, concealing an obligation to pay back an overpayment, and breach of contract.
Communication staff for the Office of the Attorney General and the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney declined to comment on the case Tuesday.
The filing of the False Claims Act lawsuit comes on the heels of a settlement between the state and Elijah Caldwell, a licensed social worker who owned A Prospering Vision LLC and was founder and president of Home of Hope Inc. , both in Waterbury.
The state reached the $200,000 settlement with Caldwell to resolve a lawsuit brought under the Connecticut False Claims Act, alleging his two businesses engaged in a long-term scheme to defraud the state’s Medicaid program.