Jun 6, 2010 11:35 PM by Chris Welty
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 44-year-old Franklin man and a woman
who worked for him have been indicted on charges of health care
U.S. Attorney Stan Lemelle says a grand jury handed up a
10-count indictment on Thursday against Ray A. Kirt and 57-year-old
Peggy Mingo faces six charges.
Kirt owned and managed New Iberia-based Above & Beyond, a
business that provided psychotherapy services to Medicare
beneficiaries. The indictment alleges from March 2003 to August
2005, Kirt hired and instructed unlicensed and unqualified people
to visit Medicare beneficiaries and caused false claims to be
submitted to Medicare.
Mingo prepared claims for the company, which collected $1.06
million in payments from Medicare. Kirt was paid about $270,215 for
his participation in the alleged scheme.
If convicted, the pair could get up to 10 years in prison and a
fine of up to $250,000 on each count.