Monday, June 5, 2023

South St. Paul boys’ basketball coach resigns on charges of conspiracy to commit health care fraud

Update: South St. Paul boys’ basketball coach Matthew McCallister has resigned, school officials announced this morning. More details to come.

In basketball circles, Matthew McCollister has a reputation as a coach who has turned to struggling and stagnant high school boys’ basketball programs.

Matthew mccallister (courtesy of south st. Paul schools)

McCollister’s head coaching starts and stops including Breck, St. Croix Preparatory Academy and Brooklyn Center. Since 2019, he has coached South St. Paul, which was less than the state tournament in the previous season. The Packers (11-0) are among the top-ranked teams in Class 3A this season.

In legal circles, however, McCallister’s position as a personal injury attorney has taken a hit.

Last month, McCallister, 41, of Mendota Heights, was charged with serious conspiracy in US District Court to commit health care fraud. He is accused of playing a role in a scheme to rip up car insurance companies with bogus medical claims in Minnesota and elsewhere in 2016 and 2017.

Also last month, a state agency recommended that McCallister be banned for professional misconduct in 2019 and 2020. McCallister opened his personal injury law firm in March 2015.

Federal prosecutors charged McCallister with felony information on December 8, a process by which a defendant agrees to waive a grand jury indictment and pleads guilty instead. On Wednesday, he will appear in a preliminary courtroom before District Judge Wilhelmina Wright in St. Paul and file his guilty plea, McCallister’s attorney Ryan Pasiga said this week.

“He is cooperating with the process immediately and falling on the sword for himself,” Pasiga said.

Pasiga said sentencing guidelines call for a prison sentence of 10 to 16 months. The date of hearing on the sentence will be fixed after the appearance on Wednesday.

South St. Paul Schools Superintendent Dave Webb said this week that he could not comment on the federal allegation because it falls under private personnel data. Webb said that on Wednesday morning, McCallister resigned from his coaching job and full-time job as a high school paraprofessional.

McCollister has coached the high school basketball team since November 2019. Since August, he’s been a full-time high school paraeducator, working with student-support specialists who focus on student behavior “to help turn a corner to get kids back on track.” “. Webb said.

If McCollister pleads guilty to the criminal charge Wednesday — and if he hadn’t resigned already — he would have faced immediate termination from the school district as part of its employee policy.

McCallister has no criminal record in Minnesota, except for petty felony violations dating back to 2017.

McCallister did not respond to Pioneer Press’s requests for comment.

South St Paul’s High School principal Chuck Ochoki and the school’s athletics director and assistant principal Chad Sexauer also did not return calls seeking comment.

what is he accused of

According to the federal allegation, McCallister and unidentified others conspired to defraud auto insurers on policies provided in accordance with the state’s no-fault insurance law.

Under that law, Minnesota insurers must provide at least $40,000 in personal injury protection on their auto policies. Customers injured in a car accident can pay their medical bills and other related expenses, whether the accident was their fault or not.

The charging document doesn’t explain what McCallister did and it’s unclear why it was handed over last month. A spokeswoman for the US Attorney’s Office said this week that she could not provide additional details about the case beyond the document, but added that more details will be discussed in Wednesday’s indictment and plea agreement.

According to Pesiga, prosecutors alleged that McCallister hired “runners” to recruit customers who had been injured in car accidents. Those same runners would work with chiropractors who would fraudulently bill auto insurers to take care of those customers, taking advantage of the no-fault insurance law.

In March 2016, according to Pasiga, McCallister asked a “runner”, who was actually an undercover agent, to find people who had been injured in car accidents and bring them to a chiropractor for treatment. . “I mean, they put him on a wire at St. Paul’s restaurant talking about stuff like that,” Pasiga said.

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