Niles Couple Pleads Guilty To Charges Of Medical Fraud
By: Mike Stiles - Monday, March 25, 2024

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(LANSING) – A Niles couple pled guilty to multiple felony counts of Medicaid fraud.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says that Gregory Barney and his wife Jacquelyn Barney both pled guilty to two counts of Medicaid Fraud False Claim. Each charge is a four year felony. The guilty pleas were entered in Ingham County Circuit Court.

The Barneys agreed to pay over $48,000 in restitution to the Medicaid program.

Gregory Barney, a licensed marriage and family counselor, is the owner of Highland Counseling Center, located in Niles. His wife, Jacquelyn is the office manager, administrator, and biller for the business.

The Department of Attorney General’s investigation revealed that Jacquelyn Barney, while working as a biller for a separate local medical office, obtained patient information from the other practice and billed Medicaid for counseling sessions provided by Gregory Barney and the Highland Counseling Center that were never provided. Clients contacted during the investigation stated they did not know Gregory Barney and were not counseled by him.

The Barneys are scheduled to be sentenced on May 30.


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