Medicare Fraud: Lebanon Mo. Therapist Claims He Worked Everyday Except Christmas for 3 Years

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A psychologist practicing in the Lebanon, Mo., area has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly defrauding Medicare and Medicaid of more than one million dollars.

Rhett E. McCarty, 67, of Lake Ozark, Mo., was charged in a two-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday, May 23, 2012.  The indictment was unsealed and made public Friday upon McCarty’s arrest and initial court appearance in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo.

McCarty is a licensed psychologist and private practitioner who provided psychotherapy services to recipients of both Medicare and Medicaid in their homes in the Lebanon area. The federal indictment alleges that since Aug. 22, 2008, McCarty has submitted Medicare and Medicaid claims for at least 19 beneficiaries for which he was paid $1,276,334.

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