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Utah rehab doc allegedly steals addicts’ IDs for bogus claims

April 04, 2019, Cirque Lodge, UT — A former Cirque Lodge employee faces criminal charges after investigators say he used patient information to file fraudulent insurance claims.

Morris Harry Halperin, 72, of Los Angeles, was charged Thursday in 3rd District Court with pattern of unlawful activity and two counts of fraudulent insurance act, all second-degree felonies. He was also charged with seven counts of identity fraud crimes, a second-degree felony, among other charges.

According to the charges, Halperin, a doctor, worked at the substance abuse treatment facility between October 2015 and June 2016. He worked as a consultant but not as a treatment provider, investigators said.

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During his employment at Cirque Lodge, he allegedly obtained names, birthdays, addresses and insurance information from several patients at the clinic, the charges state.

Among the false claims, Halperin allegedly billed SelectHealth about $39,000 for six patients who said they did not know and were not treated by Halperin, according to court documents. He also billed Blue Cross Blue Shield about $35,000 for four patients, investigators said.

The upscale treatment lodge in Orem has served a number of high-profile clients, including Lindsay Lohan and David Hasselhoff.

Source: Deseret News Utah

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