Niles Couple Charged By Attorney General With Medicaid Fraud
By: Mike Stiles - Thursday, September 30, 2021

(photo courtesy of AP)

(LANSING) – Multiple charges have been brought against a Niles couple.

In a media release, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says her office has filed 22 charges of Medicaid fraud false claims against Gregory Barney. His wife Jacquelyn Barney, was charged with 17 counts of the same crime.

Gregory Barney is a licensed marriage and family counselor, and is also the owner of Highland Counseling Center in Niles. Jacquelyn Barney is the office manager, administrator and handles the billing for the office.

The Barneys were arrested on Tuesday following an investigation, which uncovered that Jacquelyn Barney was also working as a biller for a different medical office. It's alleged that while working for the other practice, she was able to obtain patient information, and billed Medicaid for counseling sessions allegedly provided by Highland Counseling Center and her husband that never happened.

When authorities contacted the alleged clients, they said they did not know Gregory Barney and were never counseled by him.

The Barneys are scheduled to be arraigned October 13 in Ingham County District Court.


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