An Edwardsville chiropractor has pleaded guilty to a two-count indictment on health care fraud and money laundering.
In a press release Wednesday, Acting U.S. Attorney James L. Porter said Bridget Brasfield, 45, will face up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $500,000 and up to 3 years of supervised release at her sentencing Aug. 30 in U.S. District Court in Benton.
During her plea hearing, Brasfield, who was a chiropractic physician licensed in Illinois and practicing in Granite City, admitted that between January 2011 and January 2014, she submitted approximately $500,000 in false and fraudulent bills to health care benefit plans. The fraudulent submissions to Medicaid, Medicare, Tricare, Federal Employees Health Benefit Program, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and Coventry Insurance claimed that a doctor had provided services to patients at her Granite City office when in fact the doctor was out of the country when the services were claimed to have been provided. Brasfield also admitted she had engaged in a financial transaction that involved criminally derived proceeds from her health care fraud. The specific transaction involved $12,000 in criminally derived funds that she transferred in violation of federal money laundering statutes.
The investigation was conducted by the Southern Illinois Health Care Fraud Task Force with active investigations by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Illinois State Police, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the U.S. Postal Service Office, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration and the US Railroad Retirement Board. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ranley R. Killian and Scott A. Verseman.
Suspected health care and public aid fraud can be reported to the local office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, or by calling (800) 447-8477.