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August 13, 2014
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Badgett faces multiple charges

Erik Badgett, former director of the Family Guidance and Wellness Network in Carson City, faces multiple charges including Medicaid fraud filed by the attorney general’s office.

He was arrested in San Diego on a warrant charging him with five felony counts and one gross misdemeanor issued by the AG’s office.

Badgett was arrested in June by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. He waved extradition and was returned to Nevada in late July.

Assistant Attorney General Keith Munro said they turned him over to Lyon County to first face misdemeanor domestic battery and failure to appear charges filed there.

After that case is resolved, he will be brought to Carson City to face much more serious charges.

Badgett was director of Family Guidance and Wellness, Red Rock Guidance and Wellness Center and Serenity Mental Health, all in Carson City — all licensed as providers of mental health services to Medicaid patients.

According to the criminal complaint, Badgett faces two Category B theft charges, two counts of submitting false Medicaid claims, one of identity theft, also a Category B felony and a gross misdemeanor of failing to maintain adequate records at the three wellness operations he ran in Carson City.

The ID theft count is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, the theft charges up to 10 years and the Medicaid fraud charges a maximum penalty of four years apiece. If convicted on all counts and the sentences run concurrently, Badgett could be looking at up to 48 years in prison.

The criminal complaint accuses him of an extended pattern of billing for services that weren’t actually provided and using false documentation to make those claims.

Most of the allegations were confirmed through interviews with a dozen employees who said they were instructed to ignore the inconsistencies and false claims in the billings.

The complaint and accompanying documents charge he stole the Medicaid ID numbers from at least 114 different clients at the centers.

Interviews with 11 of the clients show a total of $72,563 in payments from Medicaid those individuals say were for treatments they never received.

The Attorney General’s office began investigating the center last year and raided the center seeking evidence while Badgett was director there.

Badgett was earlier under investigation by the Carson City Sheriff’s Department, which recommended he be charged with sexual assault and lewdness. But Assistant DA Mark Krueger said the decision was not to file charges because, he said, there just wasn’t enough evidence to take the case to court. He said the file would be opened if evidence to support the allegations was uncovered.

The Lyon County DA’s office said Badgett was being held there on a domestic battery charge and for failure to appear to face that charge as well as failure to appear on a traffic citation.

While the bail on a county domestic battery charge is $3,000, he will be held without bail on the state charges.

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