OFFICIAL CHARGES IN PRINT –
March 3, 2023 – Michael Brier, 60, of Newton, MA, Mi Ok Bruining, 62, of Warwick, RI, and Recovery Connections Centers of America, Inc. (RCCA) are charged by criminal complaint with health care fraud. Michael Brier was also charged in the complaint with aggravated identity theft, money laundering and obstruction.
It is alleged in court documents that, Brier, Bruining, and RCCA shortchanged Rhode Island and Massachusetts substance abuse disorder patients out of much needed counseling and treatment services, while defrauding Medicare, Medicaid, and other health insurers out of millions of dollars.
At a press conference announcing the culmination of this investigation and resulting criminal charges and arrests, United States Attorney Zachary A. Cunha commented, “What makes the fraud scheme that we have charged today particularly pernicious – is that not only was this scheme, as we allege, designed to defraud by enriching these defendants with federal and private healthcare dollars they did not earn, but that in the process it cheated a vulnerable population of recovery patients out of the full, genuine support and treatment that they need to have a chance at recovery.”
“Today’s arrests serve as a strong reminder that we will not tolerate fraud schemes that target our federal health care programs, as alleged, nor will we accept anything less than high quality care for the people served by those programs,” said Special Agent in Charge Phillip M. Coyne of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General. “Our agency’s mission is to protect the well-being of the public and the integrity of the federal health care system, and we will hold accountable those who seek to exploit the opioid epidemic for personal gain.”