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Gainesville man pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud
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Gainesville man pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- The owner of a Hall County pediatricians' office has pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud.

David Brannon was sentenced to five years probation and 100 hours of community service. He must also pay a $2,000 fine.

Georgia Attorney General's spokesperson Lauren Kane said Brannon fraudulently billed Georgia Medicaid for almost $150,000 while operating Brannon Pediatrics in Gainesville.

Brannon Pediatrics was enrolled in the state Medicaid program to provide mobile therapy services to children. Kane said Brannon billed Medicaid from a scheduling sheet without checking to see if the scheduled services had been performed.

A former Brannon Pediatrics therapist reported Brannon to the state after discovering someone had submitted claims under her provider number for services she did not give. She also said Brannon continued to bill Medicaid under her provider number after she left the company.

Brannon admitted during a July 2011 audit to the fraudulent billing. He has already paid more than $146,000 in restitution.

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