Little Rock mental health care provider suspended; exec facing Medicaid fraud, tax evasion charges
from Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Arkansas suspended a Little Rock mental health care provider from the Medicaid program Thursday after its owner and chief executive was booked on charges of Medicaid fraud and attempted tax evasion, officials said. New Beginnings Behavioral Health Service CEO Chirie Bazzelle, 46, will plead innocent to the felony charges, said her attorney, Sylvester Smith of Little Rock. Bazzelle's for-profit firm is a Medicaid-enrolled provider of outpatient mental health services. Through clinics in Little Rock and Cleveland County, New Beginnings serves roughly 1,000 clients. Several hundred are students at public schools.
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