The medical director of Liberation Way in Yardley has been sentenced to 37 months in prison and $2.5 million in restitution and fines after pleading guilty to committing health care fraud at the drug and alcohol recovery center.
Domenick Braccia, 58, was the only doctor on staff at the fraudulent outpatient facility. He pleaded guilty this past May.
“We have consistently said that this case should send a message to those attempting to profit from fraud and the despair of individuals battling addiction,” said First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams. “With this sentence, that message has been delivered in a powerful and concrete way. Dominick Braccia is through practicing medicine and is going to prison.”
Braccia took part in a scheme to “overbill health care benefit programs for treatment and testing of drug-addicted patients,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro stated a multitude of crimes netted the owners of Liberation Way $48 million.
One of the homes at the recovery center in Yardley was known as the “party home,” where addictive substances were readily available. It would be almost impossible for anyone suffering from substance abuse disorder to relapse. Employees also reportedly had sexual relationships with patients.
“The operators of Liberation Way shamelessly took advantage of people suffering from substance use disorder to line their own pockets,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro. “As Medical Director, Dr. Braccia played a significant role in this fraud and betrayed the patients he was supposed to be helping.”