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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Physical Therapist Arrested on Fraud Charges

A Weston physical therapist reportedly with numerous Westport clients has been arrested on federal health care fraud charges, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

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Danielle Faux: had numerous Westport clients. File photo

Danielle Faux, 45, was arrested Monday following an indictment returned by a grand jury in Bridgeport which charged her with 46 counts of health care fraud and one count of obstruction of a federal audit, prosecutors said.

According to the indictment, Faux owned and operated Danielle Faux PT, LLC, a physical therapy clinic located at 27 Lois St. in Norwalk, just over the Westport line, and was a part owner of Achieve Rehab and Fitness, a gym located at the same address in Norwalk. 

According to several sources familiar with her business, she had numerous clients from Westport.

The indictment alleges that Faux engaged in a scheme to defraud Medicare and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield by referring some of her patients for personal training sessions at Achieve Rehab and Fitness and then billing the sessions as if they were physical therapy procedures. 

The indictment also alleges that Faux created and altered patient records when Medicare audited her practice in August 2009.

Faux appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William I. Garfinkel in Bridgeport and entered a plea of not guilty.  She was released on a $50,000 bond, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

If convicted, Faux faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000 on each of the health care fraud counts, and a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of $250,000 on the obstruction count, prosecutors said.

The case has been assigned to Senior U.S. District Judge Warren W. Eginton in Bridgeport.

U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt.  Charges are only allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Sheldon and health care auditor Kevin Saunders.

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