- Dean Smith
Guilty Plea for NJ Woman’s Role in Insurance Fraud Scheme
A Pennsauken, New Jersey woman pled guilty to state charges relating to her role in the fraudulent scheme operated from Bucks County-based drug and alcohol treatment center Liberation Way, the Bucks County Courier Times reported on October 24, 2019.
According to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office and the Courier Times, the woman is a former Liberation Way employee and was involved in a scheme that bilked millions from vulnerable people throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The scam targeted people suffering from substance use disorders.
Elsie Concepcion, 40, of Pennsauken, New Jersey, pled guilty to state charges of conspiracy, insurance fraud, and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud during her role at Liberation Way, a Yardley based drug and alcohol treatment center that is now defunct.
Concepcion was accused of calling insurance companies pretending to be various female patients to make premium payments and purchasing prepaid credit cards to pay for patients’ insurance policies.
Authorities stated Liberation Way pocketed millions of dollars from insurance claims while luring patients into a cycle of ineffective treatment resulting in unsafe living conditions and multiple relapses, according to the Courier Times, and added that some patients went through the treatment process as many as eight times, an 18-month investigation found.