Former Richmond Pastor Indicted for Health Care Fraud

Joseph T. HackettA former Richmond pastor was indicted Tuesday in an alleged health-care
fraud and kickback scheme that authorities say bilked Medicaid out of
more than $1.5 million.

Joseph T. Hackett, 31, the owner of Access Regional Taskforce and
pastor of the Leviticus International Network, faces up to 45 years in
prison in connection with the alleged scam, which prosecutors say tapped
the Intensive In-home Therapy Program for poor children and adolescents
in need of mental health services.

The indictment alleges that Hackett, through ART, billed Medicaid at
least $1,570,041 using unqualified workers to provide services that did
not address children’s mental health issues. ART also is accused of
providing care to children who were not in need of mental health

According to court papers, Hackett operated his mental health
provider business and ministry from a storefront on Clay Street. After
investigators searched the location, he folded up shop and moved to
Asheville, N.C.

He could not be reached for comment Tuesday, but his website said he
would be in Columbus, Ga., this weekend attending the 2012 Global
Intercessors “Under the Radar” Conference.

Tuesday’s charges, filed by U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of
Virginia Neil H. MacBride, followed a two-year investigation by the
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli,
conducted in cooperation with the FBI and assistance from the state
Department of Medical Assistance Services.

The indictment also accuses Hackett of paying more than $545,000 in
kickbacks between December 2008 and January 2010 to a Glen Allen woman
whose company, Creed Xtreme Marketing Concepts, recruited and referred
clients to Hackett’s company.

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Jim Nolan