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Two Psychologists Plead Guilty in $25 Million Nursing Home-Testing Scheme

Two clinical psychologists pleaded guilty today for their involvement in a fraudulent psychological testing scheme that preyed upon Medicare recipients living in nursing homes throughout the Southeastern United States.

Beverly Stubblefield, Ph.D., 62, of Slidell, Louisiana, and John Teal, Ph.D., 46, of Jackson, Mississippi, each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud before U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier of the Eastern District of Louisiana. They were charged in a superseding indictment on Oct. 22, 2015, along with co-defendants Rodney Hesson, Psy.D., 46, and Gertrude Parker, 62, both of Slidell, who were originally charged in June 2015 in connection with a large-scale Medicare Fraud takedown.

According to admissions made in connection with their plea agreements, Stubblefield and Teal practiced as clinical psychologists at Nursing Home Psychological Services, Inc. (NHPS) and Psychological Care Services, Inc. (PCS). Stubblefield and Teal admitted that NHPS and PCS were owned and operated by Hesson and Parker, who is Hesson’s mother. NHPS and PCS billed Medicare claiming that NHPS and PCS psychologists, including Stubblefield and Teal, administered psychological tests to nursing home residents throughout Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida and Alabama. In addition, Teal and Stubblefield admitted that a large number of these tests were not medically necessary and many testing services were not provided. According to the plea agreements, Teal and Stubblefield repeatedly tested the same nursing home residents even though some were incapacitated and could not meaningfully participate in testing.

From 2010 through 2015, Stubblefield and Teal were responsible for more than $5.6 million in fraudulent claims submitted to Medicare, according to the plea agreements.