Ten sentenced for Virginia mental health scheme

Ten former employees of a Virginia counseling provider have been sentenced to varying prison terms over the past year for submitting false claims to the state's Medicaid program.

David Weaver, who was sentenced to six years in prison in June, operated as a licensed mental health professional at Progressive Counseling Services, LLC in Virginia Beach. Weaver, along with Progressive's owner, created fraudulent patient assessments and billed Medicaid for services provided by nine counselors, many of whom were unqualified to provide mental health services. One of the counselors, Alfreda Stallion, was the last co-conspirator to be sentenced Nov. 30. She received 90 months in prison, while other terms ranged from 41 to 108 months. Announcement