This is what prison officials and members of the corporations providing “health care” do EVERY DAY IN AMERICA: lie like hell to cover their crimes. READ Culture of Cover Up!
Billions of YOUR tax dollars are thus wasted!
Cathy McCabe, CEO of Connections, has ZERO credibility with her denials of wrongdoing!
Excerpts from the Article
A counselor from Connections Community Support Programs, the state’s largest contractor for physical and mental health services, has admitted in court to lying about services provided to people in need in the state.
This time, it’s the federal government accusing a Connections employee of falsifying records to make it seem like counseling occurred as part of a contract with the Delaware Department of Labor.
William Brown, a former job employment counselor for Connections, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in Delaware District Court this week. His job was to meet with clients recovering from drug and alcohol addiction and help them secure and keep a job, according to court documents.
In May, The News Journal published an investigation into reports that the contractor falsified records to conceal inadequate addiction treatment at Crest South, a taxpayer-funded substance abuse program for drug offenders that is run by Connections in Georgetown. That was part of a contract Connections has with the state’s corrections system.
Over a dozen inmates at Crest South said they received little or no individual counseling during their stay. Four former Crest counselors said the program supervisor instructed subordinates to falsify and backdate records to indicate clients had received counseling and treatment plans when in fact they did not.
In the federal case, Connections contracted with the state to provide the service through a program called Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, which provides help to those with disabilities at offices statewide. The division is part of a state agency but is mostly funded by the federal government, according to court documents.
Connections is paid based on the submission of reports confirming clients were placed in a job and retained that job, Brown’s charging document states.
The nonprofit is paid $2,600 for each client who completes job readiness training and development and is placed in a job, said Kenneth Briscoe, a spokesman for the Delaware Department of Labor. There are other aspects of the contract Brown was not involved in.
In court, Brown, 51, admitted to faking documents to make it look as if clients were successfully using the service. This included forging client signatures and falsifying employment pay stubs. “I knowingly submitted forged documents,” he said in court.
Those falsified documents ultimately led to the wiring of money that ultimately was paid to Connections from the federal government. The scale of the fake counseling is unclear. The charging document cites a single $892 transfer initiated by Brown’s forged paperwork. Kim Reeves, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney for Delaware, said the forging was not a one-time occurrence.
In court, Assistant U.S. Attorney Whitney Cloud said the crimes constituted a loss between $40,000 and $90,000. She said it involved more than 30 forged documents.
Brown faces a maximum of 20 years in prison when sentenced later this year.
He said state officials intend to show contractors like Connections that their employees can’t get away with “criminal conduct that defrauds taxpayers” while also withholding services from those who need it.
It is the second time this year Connections has been accused of falsifying documents. The agency holds $100 million in contracts with Delaware government.
A former employee at Connections CSP says she was told to falsify dozens of female patient records at Crest South.
Delaware DOJ Spokesman Mat Marshall declined to comment on the status of that investigation or its scope this week.