WESTON, Conn. -- A Weston physical therapist, who had a business in Norwalk, was arrested Monday on 46 counts of health care fraud charges, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Connecticut.
Danielle Faux, 46, was 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 statement from U.S. Attorney in Connecticut Deirdre M. 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.
She engaged in "a scheme to defraud Medicare and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield 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," according to the indictment. Faux also allegedly created and altered patient records when Medicare audited her practice in August 2009, according to the indictment.
Faux appeared Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge William I. Garfinkel in Bridgeport and entered a plea of not guilty. She was released on $50,000 bond.
If convicted, she faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each of the health care fraud counts, and a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 on the obstruction count.