Shoreline clinic owner is guilty of health care fraud

Edmund H. Mahony, Hartford Courant
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The owner of a shoreline mental health and social service agency pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to cheating the state out of more than $500,000 in Medicaid money allocated to provide health care to low income families.

Wali Muhammad, 45, of Branford - who operated Happy Family Clinical Services - was found guilty of health care fraud. The clinic operated variously in n Branford, East Haven and New Haven.

Information presented in court showed that from 2013 through 2019, Muhammad was involved in a scheme to defraud the Connecticut Medicaid Program by submitting fraudulent claims for psychotherapy services that were purportedly provided to Medicaid clients.

In fact, according to federal prosecutors, Muhammad regularly billed when no services were performed, often in the names of licensed health care providers who were unaware Muhammad was billing in their names.

When Muhammad’s office actually provided health care, it was often by unlicensed providers, federal prosecutors said.

Muhammad faces as much as 10 years in prison and has agreed to reimburse Medicaid $574,034.