Michigan social worker Olga Ortiz-Button, sentenced to two years prison for health care fraud

March 19, 2011

The Kalamazoo (Michigan) social worker indicted on health care fraud in August was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $276,794.

Olga Ortiz-Button, 57, pleaded guilty to one count to of health care fraud in November for billing insurance carriers for more than $250,000 of counseling services that were never provided, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

U.S. District Chief Judge Paul Maloney also ordered Oritz-Button to serve two years of supervised release after leaving prison.

Between 2002 and 2008, Ortiz-Button, a licensed masters social worker, operated Christian Counseling Center PLC, though her home business in Grand Rapids.

Source: Fritz Klug, "Kalamazoo social worker sentenced to 2 years in federal prison for health-care fraud," The Kalamazoo Gazette, March 18, 2011.


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