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Escondido

Criminal charges were filed Friday against Escondido psychologist Nick R. Sanchez, alleging that he defrauded the Medi-Cal system by filing false claims for psychotherapy services never performed.

The state attorney general’s office charges Sanchez with 11 counts of filing false Medi-Cal claims from March 19, 1986, to July 20, 1987, and one count of grand theft for defrauding the state program of more than $87,000.

If convicted on all counts, Sanchez could receive six years in prison and $10,000 in fines.


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