BOTH CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE FELONIES!
Two suspects were arrested in Houston and Port Isabel last week on Medicaid fraud charges. According to indictments issued by a Harris County grand jury, both were involved in a chemical dependency treatment scheme that defrauded the Medicaid program.
Robye J. Jackson, 66, of Missouri City, was arrested at her residence by officers with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) and the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office. Darron F. Broadus, 61, of Port Isabel, was taken into custody by MFCU officers and Port Isabel Police. Both are charged with theft by a governmental contractor of more than $100,000, a first-degree felony. Bond for the two was set at $1.8 million each.
The pair operated Choice Program, ostensibly a Houston-based chemical dependency treatment facility for young people. From January 2001 through June 2004, Choice Program billed Medicaid $1.2 million and was paid $987,000, based on the defendants’ representations they conducted legitimate treatment services.
However, after interviewing almost 70 patients, parents, guardians and former staff members of Choice Program — and reviewing numerous client files – MFCU officers determined that Medicaid paid at least $376,000 for treatment sessions that never occurred.
Harris County Assistant District Attorney Kaylynn Williford will prosecute the case.