A Lincoln-area woman must serve 12 weekends in jail and repay $192,000 after pleading guilty to committing health care fraud.
U.S. Attorney Deb Gilg and Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson have announced Melissa Prentice-Erickson must also serve six months under house arrest and serve probation for five years.
Federal District Judge John Gerrard handed down the sentence.
Prentice-Erickson formerly ran a mental health therapist practice in Aurora. The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud and Patient Abuse Unit, Magellan Behavioral Health, and the program integrity unit of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services investigated and found that Prentice-Erickson submitted 2,614 false claims for payment to Nebraska Medicaid between November 2009 and July 2014.
Prentice-Erickson received $192,761.98 for services never rendered. A federal grand jury indicted her on 26 counts of health care fraud.