Money For Nothing –
SEP 20, 2019 – Braccia, 58, of Hatfield, Montgomery County, also was ordered to pay a $15,000 fine and more than $2.4 million in restitution. He was one of 11 people arrested in March and charged with state or federal crimes following a grand jury investigation of the company led by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and involving federal investigators. “We have consistently said that this case should send a message to those attempting to profit from fraud and the despair of individuals battling addiction,” U.S. First Assistant Jennifer Williams said in a press release.
Shapiro said Braccia had a significant role in the fraud and betrayed the patients he was supposed to help.
Three state lawmakers used the former Liberation Way headquarters in Yardley, Bucks County, as the setting for a press conference earlier this year to announce their pursuit of state legislation to make “patient brokering” by treatment companies a felony.
In patient brokering, people are paid or given kickbacks for directing struggling substance abusers to a particular facility.