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POCATELLO -- A former mental health care services provider accused of fraud by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has filed for bankruptcy.

Seasons of Hope, LLC and its owner, Heath Sommer, released a statement Tuesday announcing the bankruptcy filing.

Seasons of Hope had seven offices in southern and eastern Idaho with more than 100 employees. In March, Health and Welfare suspended its Medicare provider status, saying it owed about $449,000 in Medicaid payments for fraudulent claims. The clinics closed.

After a June hearing, a judge determined Seasons of Hope had not committed any fraud and reinstated its Medicare provider status. However, the judge ruled Seasons owed $94,000 to Health and Welfare. The agency is appealing.

In September, Seasons of Hope filed notice of a $12 million tort claim against Health and Welfare.

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