Lee Marie Brown, of Carmichael, was arrested March 15, 2018, by the Department of Consumer Affairs’ (DCA) Division of Investigation (DOI) – Sacramento Field Office. Brown has been charged with three felonies including grand theft, embezzlement by a trustee and embezzlement or theft from an elder or dependent adult.
The arrest warrant was issued by a Sacramento County Superior Court judge.
Brown was investigated after DCA’s Board of Behavioral Sciences learned that she was acting as a therapist and working with vulnerable clients, including the elderly. Investigators with DOI’s Investigation and Enforcement Unit (IEU) learned that Brown was also allegedly advertising as a “psychotherapist” and a “MFCC” (marriage, family, and child counselor). Brown, who was formerly a marriage and family therapist intern, has not held any professional license since 2001.
In 2013, the board issued a $5,000 citation and Order of Abatement to Brown. She was ordered to cease and desist from providing psychotherapeutic services without a license.
Following the Order of Abatement, Brown allegedly continued to provide therapy services to multiple individuals. She also became the trustee of a special needs trust account whose beneficiaries were dependent adults. Investigators served multiple search warrants and found that Brown had allegedly used thousands of dollars in funds from the trust to make personal purchases and billed the trust thousands of dollars for therapy services that she was not licensed to provide.
Brown is being prosecuted by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Special Investigations and Public Integrity Unit.
Brown was arraigned on March 19, 2018. She is scheduled to be back in court on May 22, 2018.