Northeast Times

Alleged phony doctor held for trial

Patrick Usanga didn’t have a med­ic­al de­gree or li­cense, but that didn’t stop him from al­legedly prac­ti­cing medi­cine at a North­east clin­ic, then billing in­sur­ance com­pan­ies for his ser­vices.

Last week, a Mu­ni­cip­al Court judge ordered the 63-year-old Fol­croft, Delaware County, man to stand tri­al on fraud, theft, tam­per­ing with pub­lic re­cords and re­lated charges.

Au­thor­it­ies ar­res­ted Usanga on April 10 fol­low­ing an in­vest­ig­a­tion by the Phil­adelphia Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, the So­cial Se­cur­ity Ad­min­is­tra­tion and the U.S. De­part­ment of Labor in­to North­east Be­ha­vi­or­al Medi­cine at 6800 Castor Ave. A com­plaint from In­de­pend­ence Blue Cross sparked the probe.

Usanga opened and in­cor­por­ated the busi­ness as “a med­ic­al clin­ic provid­ing psy­chi­at­ric and chem­ic­al treat­ment coun­sel­ing,” al­though no one at the fa­cil­ity in­clud­ing Usanga was li­censed to provide such treat­ment, the DA claimed.

Usanga al­legedly sought re­im­burse­ments of more than $15,000 from Blue Cross and $5,000 from Aet­na for pro­ced­ures per­formed at the clin­ic. Pa­tients told in­vest­ig­at­ors that Usanga provided the ser­vices per­son­ally, al­though Usanga al­legedly iden­ti­fied oth­er clin­ic em­ploy­ees as care pro­viders on claim forms. None of those em­ploy­ees held med­ic­al li­censes either.

Usanga is ad­di­tion­ally charged with or­ches­trat­ing an un­em­ploy­ment com­pens­a­tion scam in 2009 in which he col­lec­ted more than $55,000, al­though he al­legedly worked at the clin­ic at the time.

The clin­ic held a li­cense from the state’s De­part­ment of Pub­lic Wel­fare be­fore au­thor­it­ies de­term­ined that the clin­ic did not em­ploy any li­censed doc­tors or coun­selors. DPW then re­voked the li­cense.

Usanga is free on $25,000 bail and is to be ar­raigned on Aug. 16.

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