Glen Ellyn Counseling Center Director Indicted

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Byline: Robert McCoppin Daily Herald Legal Affairs Writer

The director of a Glen Ellyn counseling center has been indicted on charges he falsely billed Medicaid for nearly $300,000, prosecutors announced Thursday.

Larry E. Rasmussen and the Glenside Counseling Center which he directs were indicted by a DuPage County grand jury on charges of theft and vendor fraud.

The fraud allegedly had gone on for more than a year, from May of 1996 until June of this year. A doctor who worked at the center blew the whistle, prosecutors said.

When investigators got a court order to see the billing records and then interviewed patients, prosecutors said they found the bills didn't match services received.

Some patients went to the center for mental health counseling three or four times, but Rasmussen would instead bill for nine or 10 sessions, said Charles Jolie, spokesman for the Illinois Attorney General.

The bills went through Home Medical Services Inc. and were paid by the Illinois Department of Public Aid.

The not-for-profit center was formerly located at 941 Parkview Blvd. in Lombard but now operates at 751 W. Roosevelt Road in Glen Ellyn. …