Mistaken identity hits Life Bridges chairman
by DELANEY WALKER Banner Staff Writer
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Dr. Raymond R. Brown
Dr. Raymond R. Brown
Life Bridges board chairman Dr. Raymond R. Brown received a crash course in how small the world is thanks to a case of mistaken identity earlier this week.

Recent reports have brought money laundering and Medicare fraud allegations against another doctor in Cleveland, Dr. Raymond S. Brown, who practices at Bradley Physical Medicine and Rehab.

The only differentiation between the two names is the middle initial. Patients have been calling Dr. Raymond R. Brown, a marriage and family therapist, to cancel their appointments.

Dr. Raymond “R.” Brown has served on the board of Life Bridges since 1978. This agency provides jobs to more than 500 mentally impaired adults. A recent release by his office said he has served as the chairman of the Life Bridges board of directors since 1982.

Diana Jackson, Life Bridges chief operations officer, said Dr. Raymond R. Brown has played an integral role in the agency.

“Dr. Raymond R. Brown has been a member of the Life Bridges board of directors for over 30 years, serving as board chairman during most of the time,” Jackson said. “His dedication and commitment to the agency have been well noted through the years.”

She added, “He has been an important part of the positive changes the agency has experienced.”

The local marriage and family licensed therapist will also be a part of Life Bridges’ 40th anniversary celebrations later this year.

As a marriage and family therapist, Dr. Raymond R. Brown has never accepted any payments from Medicare, Medicaid or TennCare. According to Brown, his clients are primarily private pay. He is an authorized supervisor and clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Dr. Raymond S. Brown is a licensed medical doctor whereas Dr. Raymond R. Brown is a certified group psychotherapist, as bestowed by the International Board of Certification of Group Psychotherapists. He is also a diplomate of sex therapy by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists.

More information on Dr. Raymond R. Brown can be found at DrRaymondBrown.com.

According to reports published in Tuesday’s edition of the Cleveland Daily Banner, a federal civil lawsuit was filed May 13 against Dr. Raymond Sean Brown on charges of money laundering, and mail, wire and health care fraud. According to public court documents, nearly $6.8 million was seized from two of Dr. Raymond Sean Brown’s accounts by federal agents on Dec. 18, 2012. The money has been placed in an account maintained by the United States Marshals Service.

Chattanooga attorney Jerry Summers, who represents Dr. Raymond Sean Brown, told the Banner Tuesday, “He is still practicing and these allegations do not pertain to any malpractice as to the treatment. We have already had some calls of support. He is a good doctor ...”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Anne-Marie Svolto of Knoxville is the prosecutor for the case against Dr. Raymond Sean Brown. The case has no connection to Dr. Raymond R. Brown.