“He Shouldn’t Have Been Able to Open Facilities,” Says Receiver in Addiction Recovery Fraud Case

Friday, March 31, 2023


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Stephen Del Sesto. Picture: Del Sesto

U.S. District Courtroom Decide William Smith has appointed a receiver in the case of Recovery Relationship Facilities of The united states, just after the addiction facilities were being shuttered this thirty day period in what the FBI called the most brazen and egregious illustrations of overall health treatment fraud they have observed in Rhode Island. 

On March 17, Smith appointed legal professional Stephen Del Sesto for the purposes of “patient health and fitness matters, employee matters, payment of lenders, preservation of documents and small business items, and corporate winding down” of the chain that had two facilities in Rhode Island — but 15 in full across three states. 

GoLocal spoke with Del Sesto about his priorities following the legal criticism was submitted against Michael Brier and Mi Ok Bruining, alleging they induced hundreds of thousands of bucks in fraudulent billings to be submitted to Medicare and thousands and thousands far more in fraudulent billings to other health care payors.

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GoLocal experienced previously noted that when Brier opened the clinics in 2016, he was by now a convicted felon who had been sentenced to three a long time in federal prison for tax fraud. 

“He should not have been in a position to open up these forms of amenities,” mentioned Del Sesto of Brier.

“The only way he was equipped to do it, according to the complaint. was by getting the identification of other individuals to open up the small business,” said Del Sesto. “I’m likely by what I have read through in the grievance, it is just an observation of what the U.S. Lawyer [has alleged].”

As stated in the first grievance, Brier and RCCA are alleged to have brought about a fraudulent software to be submitted to Medicare which, amongst other matters, misrepresented and concealed the job that Brier was playing in the business enterprise and failed to disclose Brier’s 2013 prison conviction for federal tax crimes, which was relevant to Medicare’s consideration of the application.


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The facility on Wickenden Street that is now shut. Photograph: GoLocalProv

Securing Services and Health care Facts — And Serving to Patients 

Del Sesto said at the time of his appointment on March 17, the federal governing administration had seized all of the centers’ financial institution accounts — but he was tasked with securing the protection of the facilities which recommended suboxone. 

“Prior to my appointment, a person of the [centers] medical practitioners began the approach of disposing of the controlled substances and producing positive the pcs were being preserved,” claimed Del Sesto. “It’s my accountability with the DEA to asses and secure the distinctive web-sites.” 

1 of the big responsibilities Del Sesto faces is securing the well being info for what he reported was above 1,800 clients who have utilized the facilities, and making sure all those individuals nevertheless in require of clinical treatment method have obtain to it. 

Del Sesto had beforehand been a certified therapist prior to getting a law diploma, and states he is familiar with the complexities. 

“It undoubtedly doesn’t hurt to have the comprehending of a comprised community and [the need] to secure the confidentially of data,” reported Del Sesto.

He urged people — or all those who may possibly know sufferers — to utilize the sources declared by the U.S. Attorney’s workplace, who told persons to phone (401) 606-5454 if they are in speedy want. 

Before in March, GoLocal spoke with the Rhode Island Suboxone Clinic which also presented to support individuals — see that below. 

Then, Del Sesto said, he will begin to address the allegations of billing fraud. 

“That will be how to begin peeling that onion, as to what was genuine and what was inflated, in terms of reimbursement requests,” said Del Sesto. “When were being they adequately billing and when had been they not.  How somebody can determine this — it will demand a whole lot of time.”

Del Sesto stated it appears that the fraud is in the “$15 to $20 million” range. 

“How extended this will consider is a massive issue,” stated Del Sesto. “The criminal facet moves in another way, time-sensible. My occupation will go on on for some time.”



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