Mental health counselor John B. Frankenburg guilty of insurance fraud; billed for services despite revoked license

December 15, 2010

A former clinical counselor in the Finlay, Ohio-area has pled guilty to insurance fraud. Authorities say John Blain Frankenburg, also known as Blain J. Frankenburg, fraudulently billed two insurance companies more than $82,500.

Ohio Department of Insurance Director Mary Jo Hudson said a joint investigation by the Ohio Department of Insurance, the Findlay Police Department and the Hancock County Prosecutor's Office led to the guilty plea.

Frankenburg is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 27, 2011, in Hancock County Common Pleas Court.

The department received a complaint in October 2009 that alleged Frankenburg was seeing patients and billing insurance companies for services he provided although he was no longer licensed to perform such services in the state.

In 2004, the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board suspended Frankenburg's license for three years after it was alleged he had a sexual relationship with a patient. He voluntarily surrendered his license in 2007 after he failed to meet the terms of the consent agreement he signed in 2004.

Frankenburg pled guilty to one count of insurance fraud on December 6, 2010, for fraudulently billing the insurance companies from 2004 to 2009.

Source: "Former Ohio clinical counselor pleads guilty to insurance fraud," Insurance Journal, December 15, 2010.


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