May 21, 2021

A Virginia Wellness Center Owner Indicted for $2 Million Health Care Fraud

On April 7, a Virginia Wellness Center” owner was indicted for allegedly  defrauding Virginia Medicaid and other health care programs. Maria Kokolis, of Williamsburg, VA, owned and operated Pamisage, Inc., a center for integrative behavioral health and medicine which also focused on weight management issues. Kokolis allegedly used the names, Medicaid ID numbers, and other identifying information of her clients in submitting false claims to health care benefit programs. Kokolis allegedly received a total of over $2.1 million in fraudulent health care benefit program reimbursements. She did so by charging 45 minutes to an hour of face-to-face psychotherapy services for non-comparable services like sending messages through the company’s smartphone app or monitoring a client’s data. She also billed these psychotherapy services for times when she was out of the country on vacation and when the clients were out of state or sick in the hospital. On 332 separate occasions, Kokolis allegedly billed for services that exceeded 24 hours in a single day. Kokolis is charged with health care fraud and aggravated identity theft.