Here’s why the man accused of killing his family in Celebration is facing federal charges

in Celebration News & Events

SOURCE: ClickOrlando.com

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – Before a man allegedly killed his wife, three kids and the family dog at a home in Celebration, he was under federal investigation related to his physical therapy practice in Connecticut.

Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson said deputies went to the residence on Reserve Place Monday morning to help federal agents serve an arrest warrant for Anthony Todt. While they were there, investigators found his family dead in the home, according to authorities.

Records from the United States Department of Health and Human Services show Todt was accused of billing insurance companies for physical therapy services he never performed at Family Physical Therapy in Colchester, Connecticut.

Six people who were either patients at Family Physical Therapy or the parents of patients reported that their insurance was billed for appointments they never attended, in some cases, hundreds of times.

Allegations surface

According to federal documents, the investigation into Todt’s billing practices started in April 2019.

A mother of two children who both attended the practice was the first to speak with agents. The children attended sessions at the office many times and would always get back-to-back appointments. Usually, they would meet with a pediatric specialist and in the event that one wasn’t available, they would meet with Todt.

They generally went twice a week and each session lasted about 30 minutes.

The mother said the practice “was a mess” due to a high turnover rate and sometimes the children would see therapists who didn’t know how to treat them because they couldn’t access their patient records.

In 2018, the practice no longer had a pediatric specialist available so the mother took her children elsewhere. She said it took four months for Family Physical Therapy to send the patient records to the new office. When asked about the delay, Todt replied, “I’ve been busy, I’ll get to it.”

When the records arrived, authorities said both children had identical files even though they had different conditions that required different treatment.

The mother said she also discovered that Family Physical Therapy often billed Medicaid for appointments three to five times a week even though they never went to the office more than twice in the same week.

It was later discovered that Todt fraudulently billed insurance for 163 appointments for one of the children and 175 appointments the second child never attended.

A pattern emerges

That mother was just one of the witnesses who reported billing errors.

One woman said her son’s Medicaid and Cigna were billed for appointments even after he was medically cleared to return to playing basketball on Oct. 25, 2017. Between Jan. 1, 2018 and May 3, 2018, the practice received $5,209 from Medicaid and $4,685 from Cigna, records show.

An additional 64 appointments were billed for the boy between July 2, 2018, and Dec. 5, 2018, after the family had moved to North Carolina. Officials said Medicaid paid $7,077 for those claims.

Another woman said her child stopped attending physical therapy appointments on July 29, 2018, yet she was still billed for appointments spanning into 2019, amounting to a total of $22,964 paid from her insurance to Todt’s office.

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