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Psychologist Is Put on 5-Year License Probation

A psychologist convicted on two counts of grand theft for Medi-Cal billing fraud has been put on a five-year license probation, authorities said Tuesday.

Gary Abrams pleaded guilty in 1996 to two felony counts of billing fraud, totaling more than $150,000, according to a complaint filed by the state’s Department of Consumer Affairs Board of Psychology. A judge later reduced the convictions to misdemeanors.

The judge sentenced him to three years’ probation, 600 hours of community service, fined him $5,400 and ordered him to pay $11,500 in restitution to Medi-Cal, the complaint says.

The Department of Consumer Affairs Board of Psychology also brought its own complaint against Abrams, department spokeswoman Kathi Burns said.

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In December, the board placed Abrams on five-year license probation. While on probation, Abrams is required to pass a law and ethics course, undergo psychotherapy and submit to monitoring of his billing practices, the agreement says.

Abrams also must pay the board $2,392 for the costs of the investigation.


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