Treatment center owners face fraud charges

February 6, 2009 9:11:52 AM PST
The owners of two Houston-area chemical dependency treatment centers have been arrested for alleged Medicaid fraud. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

According to the Texas Attorney General's Office, Frank E. Chekwas, 54, and his wife, Philo N. Chekwas, 41, billed Medicaid for services that were never rendered. They ran a center called Health 1st Clinic and Rehabilitation.

Frank Chekwas was arrested Wednesday at his home by officers with the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Department. His wife, Philo Chekwas, turned herself in to the Harris County Jail, where she was released Wednesday on $20,000 bond. Both defendants were charged with second-degree felonies.

The AG's office alleges Philo Chekwas received more than $134,000 in fraudulent over-payments and Frank Chekwas received $138,000 in payments for counseling that never actually occurred.

The billing practices in question allegedly occurred between June 2005 and June 2006.

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