December 21, 2020
Substance abuse treatment provider A.R.E.B.A.-CASRIEL, Inc.
d/b/a Addiction Care Interventions Chemical Dependency Treatment Centers
(“ACI”) and its owner, Steven Yohay
, agreed to pay a total of $6 million
to resolve federal and New York state claims that they defrauded Medicaid including through the payment of kickbacks and other fraudulent conduct in connection with the enrollment of Medicaid beneficiaries into ACI’s inpatient treatment program. Defendants allegedly employed drivers who were compensated in part based on the number of patients they recruited, to target homeless individuals to enroll in ACI’s inpatient treatment program by offering food, cash, and money to purchase drugs, and/or alcohol. In addition, ACI unlawfully paid a patient recruiter, and enrolled Medicaid patients who had not been evaluated by a qualified healthcare professional, including by copying a physician’s signature. The government’s investigation was initiated by a whistleblower complaint filed by a former employee, who will receive an undisclosed amount of the settlement. USAO SDNY