Former federally qualified health center CEO convicted of Medicaid fraud

The former CEO of a Louisiana-based federally qualified health center has been convicted in a $1.8 million Medicaid fraud scheme. 

Victor Kirk, 73, of Baton Rouge, was the CEO of St. Gabriel (La.) Health Clinic, which contracted with the Iberville Parish School Board to provide medical services within the school district for medical services, according to a Sept. 26 Justice Department news release. The health center could provide primary care services to students as well as services related to the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses. 

St. Gabriel practitioners provided character development and other educational programs to entire classrooms of students during regular class periods, according to the release. Mr. Kirk directed practitioners to falsely diagnose students with mental health disorders. From 2011 to 2015, Mr. Kirk fraudulently billed these programs to Medicaid as group psychotherapy.      

Mr. Kirk faces up to 60 years in prison, according to the release. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 12, 2023. 

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