Vickie Rhea Yearwood, an Oklahoma City mental health counselor, is accused of Medicaid fraud for second time

An Oklahoma grand jury has indicted an Oklahoma City mental health counselor who already is on probation for Medicaid fraud. Vickie Rhea Yearwood has agreed to make restitution, officials said.
by Nolan Clay Published: April 6, 2012
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Prosecutors said she no longer works for Beacon Pointe.

She already has promised to make $34,000 in restitution, Assistant Attorney General Mykel Fry said.

Yearwood pleaded guilty a year ago to a felony Medicaid fraud charge. An Oklahoma County judge put her on probation for five years. She paid almost $8,000 in restitution and other costs on the 2010 case.

Prosecutors reported her excuse for committing fraud in the first case was her own mounting health costs. An investigator for the attorney general reported she claimed to have more than $20,000 in medical expenses from an illness and that treatments cost $3,000 each.

Prosecutors said they discovered more wrongdoing last November when Yearwood asked the judge to end her probation early and dismiss the case so she could continue being a therapist.

“So rather than just agree to that, we did some checking and found that she was still doing Medicaid fraud so we asked the grand jury to take a look at it,” Fry said.

Yearwood in December withdrew her request to end probation.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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