The Associated Press
SW Idaho psychiatrist sentenced for Medicaid fraud
November 22, 2011

A former licensed psychiatrist from southwestern Idaho could spend up to five years in prison after being sentenced for Medicaid fraud.

Michael Applebaum of Nampa was convicted in August in Third District Court of two counts of fraud and two counts of obstruction of an investigation.

He was sentenced on Monday.

Prosecutors said Applebaum admitted to billing an employee’s work as his own, which resulted in a higher payment to his office than would have been received otherwise.

A jury also found Applebaum guilty of altering documents before providing them to Idaho Office of Attorney General investigators.

Applebaum, who also lied to investigators that he couldn’t get certain records because they were out for dictation, could still get out of prison early if he fulfills conditions of his sentence.