Norwalk Physical Therapist Faces Additional Fraud Charges

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The Weston physical therapist with a business in Norwalk, who was arrested on 46 counts of health care fraud charges, is facing additional charges, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Connecticut.
The Weston physical therapist with a business in Norwalk, who was arrested on 46 counts of health care fraud charges, is facing additional charges, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Connecticut. Photo Credit: Courtesy www.achievefit.net

WESTON, Conn. -- A Weston physical therapist with a business in Norwalk, who was arrested earlier this year on 46 counts of health care fraud, is facing additional charges, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Connecticut.

Danielle Faux, 46, was charged Friday in a 54-count superseding indictment with federal health care fraud and income tax fraud offenses, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly. The
superseding indictment was returned by a grand jury in Bridgeport on April 16.

Faux appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Holly B. Fitzsimmons in Bridgeport on Friday and entered a plea of not guilty to the charges, according to the statement. 

Faux was previously indicted Feb. 19 by a federal grand jury sitting in Bridgeport. She was charged with 46 counts of health care fraud and one count of obstruction of a federal audit, according to a previous statement from Daly.

Faux owned and operated Danielle Faux PT, a physical therapy clinic at 27 Lois St. in Norwalk and was part owner of Achieve Rehab and Fitness, a gym at the same address in Norwalk, according to the indictment.

The indictment said that Faux "engaged in a scheme to defraud Medicare, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Aetna by referring some of her patients for personal training sessions at Achieve Rehab and Fitness and then billing the sessions as if they were physical therapy procedures."

The indictment also said that Faux "created and altered patient records when Medicare audited her practice in August 2009, and that she made false statements on her 2008, 2009, and 2010 federal income tax returns."

She faces a maximum term of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each of the health care fraud counts; a maximum term of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 on the obstruction count; and a maximum term of three years in prison and a fine of $100,000 on each of the tax counts if she is convicted, according to the release. 

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Unfortunate name for a defendent.