Attorney General Bill McCollum News Release
March 5, 2008
Contact: Jenn Meale
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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Hillsborough County Licensed Mental Health Counselor Arrested on Medicaid Fraud Charges

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced the arrest of a Hillsborough County licensed mental health counselor on charges he fraudulently billed the Florida Medicaid program for more than $20,000. James Cusack is charged with organized scheme to defraud and was taken into custody by authorities with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Investigators with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit began investigating Cusack, 44, after receiving a complaint from a Medicaid managed care organization. The complaint alleged Cusack was billing the Medicaid program for mental health services he was not providing. After reviewing medical records and conducting numerous interviews, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit determined that Cusack was paid more than $20,000 for services never provided.

During the course of the investigation, investigators obtained and executed search warrants which revealed instances of billing for services for which no patient records existed and for which records had been falsified. One Medicaid recipient was allegedly diagnosed with chronic depression although Cusack had never seen the individual. The investigation covered conduct occurring from June 2004 through October 2004.

Cusack, of Riverview, will be prosecuted by the State Attorney for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County. The organized fraud charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.