The News-Item (Shamokin, Pennsylvania)
Mount Carmel psychiatrist pleads guilty to Medicare fraud
December 8, 2014 Monday
By Rob Wheary
–HARRISBURG — A Mount Carmel psychiatrist accused of fraudulently billing Medicare for psychotherapy sessions that didn’t happen pleaded guilty to the charges in federal court Nov. 25.
Dr. Andrew Newton, 42, of Harrisburg, the owner-operator of the Newton Psychiatric Clinic, pleaded guilty to six counts of theft or embezzlement in connection with health care in the Nov. 25 court appearance…
Authorities alleged Newton billed Medicare for a face-to-face psychotherapy services with patients in Pennsylvania when Newton was out of the country.
The U.S. Government alleged Newton billed Medicare for three patients Aug. 18, 2010, and for patients Sept. 2 and Sept. 3, 2010, when the doctor was in France, and Nov. 29, 2011, when Newton was in England…