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Healthcare providers indicted in Medicaid fraud

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

Tina Webster-Fabayo, owner and operator of Med Path Professional Services and One Youth House in Stockbridge, has been indicted on two counts of Medicaid fraud.

Tuan Q. Tong, a dentist who operated Great Smiles in McDonough, faces one count of fraud.

The medicaid fraud indictments were handed down Thursday by a Henry County Grand Jury against the two Henry County healthcare providers. State Attorney General Thurbert Baker announced the indictments.

Webster-Fabayo, who was indicted on two counts of fraud, engaged in "a pattern of fraudulent claims," to Medicaid, as owner and operator of Med Path Professional Services and One Youth House, both in Stockbridge. The claims, made from 2004 through 2007, were allegedly submitted using the provider numbers of several healthcare professionals, for therapy and mental-health services, and totaled at least $2 million, the attorney general said in his statement.

"Webster-Fabayo's [alleged] fraud scheme included billing for numerous services which were not rendered to patients, as well as 'double-billing' Medicaid for services provided to adolescents that were paid for through a contract with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice," the statement said.

Tong, a dentist who operated Great Smiles in McDonough, is charged with one count of defrauding Medicaid of more than $10,000 from September 2005 to January 2006. The indictment alleges that Tong made false claims for dental services, primarily restorations, that were not rendered, and billing for services more expensive than those actually provided.

Each count of fraud announced Friday is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and a $10,000 fine.

The State Health Care Fraud Control Unit, working with the Program Integrity Office of the Georgia Department of Community Health, conducted both investigations. The fraud control unit is a task force made up of members of the Attorney General's Office, the Department of Audits and Accounts and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.