7:28 PM

A thirty four year-old licensed professional counselor in Springfield has been charged with four felony counts of Medicaid fraud, one count of obstruction and one count of stealing by deceit. 

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster and The Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office jointly filed those charges against Joshua Grant Johnmeyer today. 
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster
Prosecutors say Johnmeyer submitted false claims for payment to Medicaid for counseling services he did not perform and then forwarding bogus patient records to the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit with the intention to defraud the state.

Johnmeyer, who graduated from Missouri State University in 2004, is charged with billing the state for more than $3,600 in fake claims from January to September of 2009.  If convicted of all the charges, he faces up 39 years in prison, plus penalties and restitution.

“One of my top priorities as Attorney General is prosecuting those who cheat Missouri's Medicaid system,” Koster said.  “This kind of illegal conduct denies medical resources that would otherwise be directed to needy Missourians.”

Koster said citizens can report suspected Medicaid provider fraud, abuse or neglect to his toll free Medicaid Fraud Hotline at 800-286-3932, or submit a complaint at the following links.

 e-mail a complaint