Psych Crime Reporter

August 7, 2013

Counselor Mechell Toles sentenced to prison for fraud

Filed under: fraud,mental health counselor,Uncategorized — Psych Crime Reporter @ 2:36 pm
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A federal judge in Memphis has sentenced a state contract mental health counselor to three years in prison for fraud.

The Department of Justice announced 44-year-old Dr. Mechell D. Toles of Collierville was sentenced Tuesday on her guilty plea to one count of health care fraud.

U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III said Toles billed the government for more than $600,000 worth of counseling that she did not perform. Stanton said Toles was contracted to help at-risk children, but said she “brazenly helped herself” to taxpayers’ money.

Toles received referrals from the Shelby County Juvenile Court. Hundreds of her referrals were minors covered by TennCare, which is funded with federal dollars.

A managed care organization noticed an unusually high number of counseling claims. The TBI investigated, leading to federal prosecution.

Source: “Collierville mental health contractor sentenced,” Kansas City Star, August 7, 2013.



  1. Call yourself a journalist? You could have at least spelled her name right.

    Comment by R — May 9, 2014 @ 4:59 pm | Reply

    • Psych Crime Reporter does not originate the news; we re-post it from other sources, so I am not exactly a journalist.

      I don’t know what you call yourself, but I am going to call you “jerk.” Is that okay with you, jerk?

      Her name is spelled differently by several different sources. Thanks for pointing it out, jerk.

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — May 14, 2014 @ 5:08 pm | Reply

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