Meanwhile, according to the affidavits, two doctors whose names appear on the bills Narconon submitted to insurers are cooperating with the Gwinnett district attorney.
Documents show that Lisa Robbins told investigators she performed physicals on new patients and that she was paid by the Church of Scientology-affiliated clinic for those services, either by credit card or check, but insists she never gave permission to bill for services using her name.
Casey Locarini, the other doctor listed in insurer charges, said “he never set foot at any of Narconon’s facilities nor did he bill any insurance companies for his services,” according to the documents.
The bills submitted by Narconon — at the time licensed as an outpatient facility — were for services including “room and board and partial hospitalization.”
The Department of Community Health revoked Narconon’s license last December following a decade’s worth of complaints that it was illegally operating a residential facility. Narconon remains open pending its appeal of the DCH ruling.
The investigation into insurance fraud arises from a complaint by Mary Morton of Rome, who said she discovered unauthorized claims to her insurer, UHC, for partial hospitalization and “intensive outpatient services” rendered to her 19-year-old daughter, who enrolled in Narconon of Georgia in March 2012.
Morton was told at the time her insurance wouldn’t cover her daughter’s treatment and provided receipts showing she paid Narconon of Georgia $15,000 – in advance and for the total cost of treatment, according to her contract — along with another $1,600 per month for housing.
She later discovered her carrier had been billed an average of $4,800 a week for “intensive care.”
“They’re double and triple billing for things that never occurred, and the end result is she didn’t get any better,” Morton told the AJC earlier this year.
Porter said the investigation could take several months.