BRIDGEPORT >> A Torrington woman pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud in federal court Friday and is now awaiting sentencing, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Patricia Lafayette, 61, admitted Friday to participating in a scheme that defrauded Medicaid of approximately $1.6 million, a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office states. Lafayette faces up to 10 years in federal prison for the crime.
Lafayette was not alone in the scheme.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Lafayette and another person approached Anne Charlotte Silver in mid-2011 about charging psychotherapy services to Medicaid with Silver’s Medicaid provider number. Silver was working as a licensed clinical social worker at the time.
Court records in Silver’s case indicate that Silver agreed to be a part of the scheme in which the reports were falsely filed with Medicaid about psychotherapy services that were not provided or were provided by unlicensed individuals. As part of the agreement, Silver kept 25 percent of the proceeds and two other individuals were awarded the other 75 percent, court documents show.
Silver pleaded guilty in May 2015 and is scheduled to be sentenced in September.
This case is being investigated by the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office and the Connecticut Office of the Attorney General.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office encourages anyone suspecting health care fraud to call 1-800-HHS-TIPS.