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May 29, 2020

Pennsylvania Man Sentenced to 37 Months in Prison and Over $3 Million in Restitution for Health Care Fraud Scheme

Branden Coluccio, co-founder of the drug and alcohol rehabilitation organization Liberation Way, has been sentenced to 37 months in prison for conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Coluccio was also ordered to pay restitution, forfeiture, and fines in excess of $3 million. The fraud scheme included over-billing connected with Liberation Way’s facility medical director, as well as a kickback scheme involving thousands of medically unnecessary urine tests which were sent to Florida-based laboratories for analysis. Coluccio also caused Liberation Way to purchase premium insurance policies for prospective patients on their behalf, which allowed Liberation Way to bill insurance companies for expensive “treatment” purportedly provided to these patients.