State reprimands social worker Derek Findlay for fraudulent billing

April 12, 2012

On March 5, 2012, the Virginia Board of Social Work reprimanded licensed clinical social worker Derek R. Findlay. According to the Board’s Findings of Fact, Findlay, who was part-owner of Tri-Cities Counseling in Colonial Heights, Virginia, billed clients and their insurance carriers improperly for counseling services. Specifically, Findlay billed one client for two sessions on different days when in fact the client had attended an extended session on one day; Findlay billed a client couple for counseling sessions when the couple had cancelled the sessions; Findlay billed another client for an in-office counseling appointment when in fact the client was ill and could not attend the session; Findlay spent a few minutes talking to this same client in a parking lot but billed for an entire hour of counseling; he also billed the client for appointments on four days without recording any progression notes on those dates.

Source: Consent Order in re: Derek R. Findlay, L.C.S.W., license no. 0904-004351, case no. 133536, Before the Virginia Board of Social Work.



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