Psychologist arrested for fraud after billing as much as 72 hours of work in one day

Posted at 1:59 PM, Dec 17, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Murfreesboro psychologist is being charged with two counts of healthcare fraud after claiming to work more hours than are in an actual day.

Donald McCoy, 52, a licensed psychologist in Tennessee who worked mostly with minors in the Department of Children's Services ("DCS") was arrested on Friday.

A complaint against McCoy alleges that between 2014 and 2018, the psychologist billed for more hours of services than can be physically provided in one day. Based on these claims, McCoy received over $2.16 million from TennCare.

The complaint goes on to detail multiple occasions McCoy submitted claims for services he had provided that totaled more than 24 hours per day, with some claiming as much as 48 and 72 hours in a single day.

Along with these accusations, McCoy is alleged to have billed for services on more than 200 weeks as well as multiple federal holidays. The complaint also alleges numerous times McCoy billed for sessions that involved DCS patients which never actually occurred.

If convicted, McCoy faces up to 20 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines on each count.