Rio Rancho psychologist gets probation for health care fraud

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A New Mexico psychologist from has been sentenced to five years of probation after pleading guilty to health care fraud.

Prosecutors say 61-year-old Julee K. Huggins, of Rio Rancho, N.M., was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Albuquerque.

She also was ordered to pay nearly $158,000 in restitution to Medicare and two private insurance carriers – Presbyterian Health Plan and Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico.

Huggins pleaded guilty in the case in November 2015.

She admitted that between January 2011 and February 2014, she submitted claims to the three health care benefit programs for counseling services that were never performed and by overbilling the programs.

At the time, Huggins was a licensed and practicing clinical psychologist who provided mental health counseling out of a practice in Rio Rancho.

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