The Associated Press
October 23, 2012
Ex-Del. psychiatrist sentenced for Medicaid fraud
A psychiatrist who practiced in Dover has been sentenced to a year in jail for prescribing painkillers that were not medically necessary and billing Medicaid for them.
Fifty-three-year-old Yvette Baker pleaded guilty on Tuesday to defrauding the Delaware Medicaid Program of nearly $175,000. Besides jail time, Baker was ordered to pay $273,000 in damages and fines.
Prosecutors say Baker worked at the Psychiatric Wellness Center in Dover. Authorities say she improperly billed Medicaid for services that were not provided or where medical records did not exist to prove that services had been provided.
Baker’s license to prescribe drugs was suspended in April 2010, and her Delaware medical license was suspended in July 2010.
Baker was arrested in October 2011 in Huntsville, Ala., where she lived.