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Physical Therapist Faces 465 Years, $12M Fine for Medicare Fraud

Norwalk physical therapist charged on 46 counts of fraud, as well as obstruction of an audit.

A Norwalk physical therapist was arrested Monday on 46 counts of health care fraud and one count of obstruction of a federal audit.

Danielle Faux, 46, of Weston, owns and manages a physical therapy operation, Danielle Faux PT, LLC, and is also part owner in Achieve Rehab and Fitness gym, both on Lois Street in Norwalk.

According to court documents, Faux would refer clients to Achieve Rehab and Fitness for personal training sessions but bill them through Medicare as physical therapy.

Documents also allege that Faux fabricated and altered patient records before a Medicare audit in August 2009.

Faux was indicted on Feb. 19 and, if convicted, faces 10 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 for each count of health care fraud — a total of 460 years and $11.5 million — and 5 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine for the count of obstruction.

Faux pleaded ‘not guilty’ on all charges Monday and was released on $50,000 bond.

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