PORTLAND, Maine – A Rockland man will serve four months in prison for committing embezzlement and healthcare fraud while running a health club.
Michael A. Morrison, 42, was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. district court after pleading guilty to charges in December, according to the U.S. prosecutor’s office.
In addition to the prison sentence, Morrison will be on probation for three years after his release, including four months in house arrest. Morrison was also ordered to pay $ 206,000 in restitution.
From 2005 to 2016, Morrison was Director of the Trade Winds’ Health, Swim and Tan Club in Rockland. The health club also operated a business called Coastal Physical Therapy.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, between 2014 and 2016, Morrison submitted approximately $ 175,000 in fraudulent claims to Medicare, the state Medicaid program, the Veterans Administration Health Care Program, and Anthem Blue. Cross Blue Shield.
While working at the health club, Morrison also embezzled more than $ 26,000 from the business, according to the US attorney’s office. Morrison used a health club credit card to make purchases on Amazon and stole about $ 4,500 in cash.
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