The attorney general’s office has added a misdemeanor Medicaid fraud charge to its actions against Chirie Bazzelle, owner and CEO of New Beginnings Health Services, a Medicaid-financed services provider to children.
Bazzelle, 46, is accused in this case of giving a false statement in June 2018 to a fraud investigator. According to a news release:
Bazzelle stated that she had no prior knowledge of a letter sent by then-Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson on behalf of New Beginnings Behavioral Health Services to the Department of Human Services Division of Behavioral Health requesting she be allowed to operate in Cleveland County. Email documentation proves that Bazzelle reviewed the letter and sent edits to the letter prior to its submission.