Oklahoma City principal, husband accused of Medicaid fraud

An Oklahoma City elementary school principal was charged Thursday, along with her husband, with Medicaid fraud.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Modified: January 17, 2013 at 9:59 pm •  Published: January 18, 2013
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So Cynthia Barchue kept her job as investigators built their case against her and her husband.

The school secretary told investigators that Joseph Barchue came to the school often “so that he could build his client base.” She said that she saw Joseph Barchue give a business card to a child and then take it back after his wife said the child wasn't eligible for Medicaid.

Joseph Barchue told investigators he did have clients who were Heronville students, but that they were referrals.

Three siblings interviewed by investigators said they were given cash when they had counseling sessions with the Barchues, according to the affidavit.

The children and their parents also told investigators that they were counseled fewer than five times; the Barchues billed Medicaid for more than 90 sessions.

Investigators found claims for nearly 40 sessions where Cynthia Barchue was either supposed to be at work or out on sick leave, according to an affidavit filed Thursday in Oklahoma County District Court.

She told investigators the billing errors, which totaled more than $3,700, were because of an eye condition.

Investigators interviewed another family about services the Barchues claimed to have provided. Joseph Barchue said he counseled one child 22 times, but the mother said he only saw her child two or three times.

Attempts to reach the Barchues for comment were not successful.

Springer, the district superintendent, said he's grateful for the work done by district and attorney general investigators.

“It is my commitment to the parents, students and constituents of Oklahoma City Public Schools that I have and will continue to report and cooperate with all necessary agencies on wrongdoings uncovered in the district,” he said.



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