Ryan Sheridan's ex-wife plans plea in Braking Point fraud case
A second defendant named in the alleged health care fraud conspiracy at a now-closed Austintown addiction rehab facility intends to change an earlier not guilty plea.
According to court records, Jennifer Sheridan has filed a notice of intent to plead guilty to a charge or charges in a written plea agreement still being negotiated with the Assistant U.S. Attorney.
Sheridan, who is the former medical records and billing coordinator for the former Braking Point Recovery Center in Austintown, currently faces seven federal charges of health care fraud, conspiracy, and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.
No plea hearing date has been set for Sheridan, who is also the ex-wife of former Braking Point owner Ryan Sheridan who is also charged in the case.
The Sheridans and four others were named in a sixty-count federal indictment for allegedly billing Medicaid $48 million for drug and alcohol recovery services not provided, not medically necessary, lacked proper documentation, or had other issues that made them ineligible for reimbursement.
Dr. Thomas Bailey of Poland, who is the former Medical Director of Braking Point's Austintown detox centers, has also filed a notice of his intent to change his plea during a hearing scheduled for October 1.
Dr. Bailey is charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.
Ryan Sheridan and the remaining three defendants named in the indictment are still awaiting trial.
Lisa Pertee of Sunbury, Ohio, was the director of operations for Braking Point in Whitehall, Ohio.
Former Braking Point Medical Director Dr. Arthur Smith of Austintown is charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.
Kortney Gherardi of Girard who served as program director for Braking Point Austintown has asked a judge for a separate trial on the nine charges she faces, claiming prosecutors have not stated any actions she took to further the alleged conspiracy.
Ryan Sheridan remains in federal custody.