Ryan Sheridan, five others to plead guilty in Braking Point fraud case
Guilty pleas are expected this week from all six defendants named in the alleged health care fraud conspiracy at a now-closed Braking Point Recovery addiction rehab facility.
According to court records, attorneys for the last four people charged in the case have filed notices of intent to change earlier not guilty pleas in U.S. District Court in Youngstown this week.
Plea hearings are scheduled Tuesday for Former Braking Point Medical Director Dr. Arthur Smith of Austintown, Dr. Thomas Bailey of Poland, who is the former Medical Director of Braking Point's Austintown detox centers, and Kortney Gherardi of Girard who served as program director for Braking Point Austintown.
A Thursday plea hearing is set for Jennifer Sheridan, who is the former medical records and billing coordinator for the former Braking Point Recovery Center in Austintown.
Sheridan’s ex-husband, Ryan Sheridan who operated Braking Point, and Lisa Pertee, who was the director of operations for Braking Point in Whitehall Ohio are scheduled for plea hearings on Friday.
All six people 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.
Ryan Sheridan remains in federal custody.