Tom Coffey represented Jennifer Mick, a behavioral analyst who helps people living with severe developmental and behavioral issues by providing them with cognitive therapy and developing behavioral support plans for them so that they can maximize their quality of life. Ms. Mick contracted with the Defendants Applied Behavioral Advancements, LLC and ABA’s owner Christopher George from August 2013 through November 2017.
Beginning with an aggressive email on November 20, 2017, Mr. George accused Ms. Mick of committing Medicaid fraud and zealously pursued her as he stated he would in the email to her. He reported her for fraud to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and its Office of the Inspector General. He told Ms. Mick that she would all but certainly be convicted of multiple felonies. He reported Ms. Mick for fraud to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and the Kentucky Applied Behavior Analyst Licensure Board for “unethical practices” and “billing [that] had been fraudulent.” Mr. George and ABA took it even further. ABA employees contacted businesses with which Ms. Mick intended to contract with upon leaving ABA to further pursue their crusade against her.
Exhausted and suffering, Ms. Mick brought the underlying action in this case against Mr. George and ABA, amongst other claims, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, conversion and breach of contract.