Therapist gets two years for Medicaid fraud

Federal prosecutors in Atlanta say Paul D. Mangum submitted "thousands" of fraudulent claims to the Georgia Medicaid program for therapy work he did not perform.

Mangum, 62, pleaded guilty in September to defrauding the government for nearly a six-year period beginning in 2003.

In one case, he submitted over 100 claims for a child he'd seen once a week for a few months, acting U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said. In another, he submitted claims for the sibling of one of his patients though he never treated the sibling.

The Athens man fabricated notes and kept two sets of books -- one for legitimate appointments and another with extra names for the fradulent billing, prosecutors said. He was sentenced to prison by U.S. District Judge William S. Duffey Jr. and ordered to pay restitution of $558,086.

The case was prosecuted by lawyers from both the U.S. Attorney's Office and the office of Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker, after investigators from several state agencies assembled the case against Mangum.

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