Every choice has a consequence. It seems in the case of Sam Smith Hill III, 61, a licensed psychologist with a professional office in Corpus Christi was indicted as a result of a three and a half year joint investigation conducted by the FBI and the State of Texas Office of Attorney General–Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Corpus Christi Division.
According to the US Attorney’s office the indictment alleges that between Jan. 2001 and Feb. 2008, Hill devised and executed a scheme in which he billed Medicaid and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program for psychological testing conducted by employees and interns in his office, none of whom were licensed psychologists.
Hill is charged with 15 counts of health care fraud accusing him of fraudulently billing Medicaid and Blue Cross Blue Shield on 15 separate occasions during the relevant time period for services not performed by him. Each count carries a penalty of not more than 10 years imprisonment.
Indictments are formal accusations of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.
Hill’s attorney Keith Gould said his client is completely innocent and intends to vigorously fight the charges. He said it generally is standard operating procedure to have master’s-(degree)-level psychologists assist with testing.
“This whole thing is embarrassing for Doctor Hill and it never should have happened,” Gould said. “Doctor Hill is one of the most honest men I know. We’re looking for our day in court.”
Every choice has a consequence. As a white collar crime and business ethics speaker, I speak from first hand experience about the truth about consequences. Reality is – no one escapes the consequences of their choices. Any one charged with fraud has their work cut out for them as they mount their defense. Prison is no fun and will prove to be a dramatic change from his prior activities should he be convicted.
If anyone reading has any background on Hill and the services he provided – feel free to comment as I study the behaviors and backgrounds of those indicted and/or convicted for fraud.
Business Ethics Speaker – Chuck Gallagher – signing off…