A physical therapist has been sentenced for obstruction and tax fraud offenses. 49-year old Danielle Faux of Weston was ordered to two years of probation, the first six months in home confinement. Faux was also ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and to pay a $3,000 fine.
An audit of Faux's Norwalk physical therapy practice requested records of 40 Medicare claims, including appropriate documentation to support the services billed and progress notes. Authorities say no patient progress notes or similar records existed so Faux instructed a physical therapist working for her to create the records.
Faux skimmed checks and cash proceeds from her physical therapy practice for four years and did not declare the proceeds on her federal income tax returns. She avoided paying $77,640 in taxes during that time and was ordered to pay restitution.
In a related civil matter, Faux agreed to pay $50,000 to settle allegations that she and her practice submitted false records to the Medicare program in violation of the False Claims Act.