The Associated Press
August 13, 1980
Psychiatrist Sentenced to India for Medicaid Fraud
Wisconsin’s attorney general is unhappy with a Milwaukee judge’s decision to send suburban psychiatrist Alice Dean to India to serve an alternative sentence for Medicaid fraud.
Ms. Dean, convicted of obtaining $13,285 in fraudulent payments, has been directed to spend three years in southern India treating needy children. The sentence also requires that she repay the $13,285 within 90 days. The maximum sentence would have been 18 years in prison plus fines of up to $11,000.
Saying the sentence may be the “first of its kind in the U.S.,” Attorney General Bronson La Follette complained of inconsistency, saying that other Medicaid fraud doctors had been jailed.
If Ms. Dean is to do charity work, it should be in Wisconsin where the theft occurred, La Follette contended.
At her trial, Ms. Dean, who is also a pediatrician and a nurse, testified that the fraudulent claims were typed by her former welfare recipient husband, Earle Sisley. She said she first met him as a patient and married him but they never lived together.
Sisley, the state’s star witness, claimed that Ms. Dean, of the upper middle class suburb of Whitefish Bay, instructed him to bill the state for two hours of treatment when the sessions she provided were no longer than 15 minutes to one hour.
“Going to India is not escaping anything,” said defense attorney Gerald Boyle, who came up with the idea. “If it were something people wanted to do, there would be no need.”
Milwaukee Circuit Judge Frederick Kessler, who sentenced Ms. Dean, also ordered her not to practice psychiatry during the three years.