Former religious leader indicted for Medicaid fraud

Joseph Hackett
Joseph Hackett

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A man who worked as a pastor in Richmond now faces charges for allegedly running a health care fraud scheme.

Joseph Hackett is said to have fraudulently taken more than a million and a half dollars from Medicaid. Hackett was said to have helped found Leviticus Ministries, formerly on Lombardy Street.

Joseph Hackett was said to have run a business called "Access Regional Task Force" -- said to provide In Home Health Services.

The indictment says otherwise, that Hackett charged Medicaid for services to children that were never provided. It also says that sometimes Hackett provided services to patients that weren't medically necessary.

The indictment indicates Hackett conspired with a Lorie Monroe to scam Medicaid, that she hired people to go to low income housing projects- knocking on doors to recruit more children to the business.

We're told Hackett used this building as a front for a business. New businesses have moved in. In addition, the court documents say Hackett employed counselors who did not have the right experience or education to work with the children.

And that Hackett charged Medicaid for individual sessions when he actually provided group therapy.

We did make attempts to reach both Hackett and Lorie Monroe, the woman he was said to have worked with, at the listed locations in court records. But, we were unable to make contact.

Hackett is due in court April 9th.

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