Between May-Sept. 2011, I repeatedly addressed, verbally, in writing, and with existing falsified contacts, documentation, and treatment plans that were unrelated to client issues with the CEO/owner, Quincy Smiling, Ph.D., and with the Clinical Director. In Oct., I decided to "blow the whistle," and reported the fraudulent claims to Medicaid and Sandhills LME (Local Management Entity). Even the small amount of documentation, that I could verify as having been falsified, totaled about $300,000 per year in Medicaid fraud, e.g. documentation of individual sessions when clients were out of town, several months of a three-member team providing services, when there was only one person employed in the program, and documentation of client sessions at school, 10 days before school started.
Due to the closure of the local office, I was temporarily assigned to the Asheboro, NC office, about 1 hours each way. During my last six weeks with Triad Therapy, Doc would make comments like, Doesnt it worry you that your tire might blow out or your brake lines might rupture on those long, isolated, country roads, driving late at night? and If a big truck ran you off the road, you could be stuck out in the woods for a day or two, before anyone saw your car. If you were injured, you could even die before you were found.
I was fired the day before Thanksgiving, without explanation, although given the information I had provided to Medicaid and the LME, 'connecting the dots' would have been easy. The Clinical Director had warned me repeatedly that Doc was ruthless, vindictive, and never stops in his efforts to get even with anyone who challenges or defies him.
In Dec. or Jan., I received a letter from the LME that said their investigation had substantiated all of my allegations.
Between Dec. 2011 and March 2012, I was subjected to "gas-lighting." My house was entered several times a week, furniture moved, papers missing, computer tampered with, my stove was filled with water, a bulb that I never inserted blew up my microwave oven, my tire was slashed in my driveway, exterior doors I had locked were standing open, etc. I attempted to get a restraining order, but there was no corroborating evidence and no concrete proof of what was being done or by whom.
In March 2012, my neighbor asked me, What is going on with your house? She told me that there had been people coming and going, in and out of my house, several times a week, when I was not at home. At the end of March, I hired a man to turn my house into a fortress, and the harassment/intimidation stopped.
I have never received a response from Medicaid, so I do not know if Doc or Triad are even facing any consequences for fraud.
The net result of this is that, in Jan., I started seeing a therapist who diagnosed Acute Stress Disorder. I have developed PTSD, and am virtually unable to work due to fear and anxiety. I started a job in Aug., but my employer recently refused to pay me for approximately 50 hours. Turns out that he and Doc went to the same college and were both stars on the basketball team for three overlapping years. Coincidence? Maybe
As a licensed mental health therapist, I know this story sounds crazy. Things like this dont happen in real life. Until my neighbors comment, and the discovery of a muddy footprint and a latex glove in my home, there wasnt even any proof that anything was happening - my therapist didnt even believe me, and I dont blame her; I would have serious reservations if a new client came to me with a tale like this. But it happened to me.