2 accused of fraud in providing physical therapy services


A Columbia man and a Laurel woman have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges they impersonated licensed physical therapists and received more than $400,000 for services they were never trained to provide, federal authorities said yesterday.

Anthony Cannon, 38, and Diane Cannon, 33, who were married when the offenses are said to have occurred, were charged by a grand jury Tuesday with wire fraud, tax evasion and health care fraud, said officials with the U.S. attorney's office in Baltimore.

Federal authorities accused the Cannons of using license numbers and names of licensed therapists to get jobs working for home health care providers. Neither of the Cannons is a licensed therapist, authorities said.

The couple administered therapy to home-bound patients for home health care providers, officials said. Those providers paid the Cannons more than $419,000 between August 1993 and August 1997 for services they "pretended to provide," according to a statement issued by the U.S. attorney's office.

The Cannons are also accused of causing health care providers to submit $228,953 in false Medicare claims for physical therapy services, authorities said.

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