Health Care Fraud – Indictment – Sam Smith Hill, III Charged with Fraud

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…

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5 Responses to Health Care Fraud – Indictment – Sam Smith Hill, III Charged with Fraud

  1. LAURA SANCHEZ says:

    I REALLY BELIEVED HE IS INNOCENT OF THIS.
    HE HAS BEEN MY BOYS DOCTOR FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS.

  2. Erin Bernal says:

    As a graduate student who has had the pleasure of knowing and learning from Dr. Hill, I would just like to comment by saying that he is an amazing wondurful professor and clinician who is thought highly of not only by TAMUCC faculty and students, but he is also very well respected and loved within the mental health communityof Corpus Christi. As a professor he has always maintained the utmost professionalism and ethical conduct. I have no doubt that these issues will be resolved and Dr. Hill will maintain his excellent standing with the university and community.

  3. Jason Simmons says:

    Like Erin, I have been taught several graduate classes from Dr. Hill,being a graduate student in the MA Psychology program myself and Dr. Hill seems to have a strong moral code of ethics.

    I have no doubt that Dr. Hill will be exonerated from any wrong-doing.

    As you (Chuch) have said in your post concerning Dr. Hill, “A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.”

    I think the phrase, “Judge not lest you be judged” is a perfect instance of how no one judge nor convict Dr. Hill without due process.

  4. Tonya says:

    My son was a patient of Dr. Hills and I am currently a student of his at TAMU-CC. I will never know whether or not what is being said about him is accurate but have nothing but respect for this man. My son came to him lost and confused. He hardly talked; he cried often and had a very low self esteem. After a year of therapy with Dr. Hill, my son seemed to be a new person. He speaks with a boldness I once thought never possible, I can’t remember the last time I saw him cry and self esteem….. Can you say conceit? My boy is living the life of an average teenager boy and I accredit that to God, a supporting family, and a dynamic doctor! I thank God for that man and I’m praying that all works to Gods glory in this case.

  5. melanie says:

    I have been following up on this case as I know this doctor personally. He is one of the few who does whats right no matter what, probably something learned in the military.
    He not only took the liberty of checking to see if it was right, he just wanted to help those in need.
    I really dont understand the system, ok if you dont make money and wait around the goverment awards you “earned income” but if you go out and try to make a life for yourself and provide for yourself, you get punished by not only paying taxes on everything throughout the year but then you get a lump sum you have to pay on top of that. No wonder so many are unemployed and we are facing such large economic scares.
    So in my opinion, why spend so much money and effort trying to put this honest loyal man behind bars and concentrate on the real “fraudulent people” those who hide income to be on medicaid or sell foodstamps for drugs!!!
    This man has tried to help children in our community for years, pro-bono and all. I mean granted he did make some mistakes, but hey we are human, is this what our justice system has become? an “injustice”. This man fought for our country, for us to have rights and freedom, and now we are giving him thanks by trying to take his freedom.
    Great lesson learned, to many. Lets try to find doctors to help those on medicaid or a soldier to go the extra mile if this man is put behind bars.
    This goes to show, no good deed goes unpunished!!
    How is he supposed to know the rules if those who have implemented them are still puzzled.
    I hope for once justice prevails!

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