|Former Dr. Fred Gott of Bowling Green was arrested.
(Photo: Miranda Pederson, Bowling Green Daily News)
Twelve people in the western half of Kentucky, including three doctors, have been charged with Medicaid fraud in what the federal government calls its biggest-ever “takedown” of the problem, Andrew Wolfson of The Courier-Journal reports.
The indictments allege “a half-dozen schemes involving nearly $8 million in alleged fraudulent billings,” Wolfson writes. “The offenses include $5 million in false billings for muscle-relaxant injections that were never delivered to patients, as well as a staged car wreck in which three people allegedly conspired to get controlled substances and fraudulent reimbursements.”
In another case, Wolfson reports, “a medical practice that treated car wreck patients is accused of using the DEA numbers of nurse practitioners to order hydrocodone for herself and falsely billing it to an insurance company. Nationally, the sweep resulted in charges against 243 people, including 46 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals.”
John Kuhn, acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, told Wolfson that about $1 billion of annual Medicare and Medicaid expenses are fraudulent. Medicare is the federal health-insurance program for people over 65; Medicaid is the federal-state program for the poor and disabled.
Former Dr. Fred Gott of Bowling Green, a 63-year-old cardiologist, was charged with “conspiracy to dispense controlled substances, health care fraud and money laundering,” Deborah Highland reports for the Bowling Green Daily News. “The Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force opened an investigation into Gott’s practices after Warren County Coroner Kevin Kirby alerted the task force about drug overdose deaths involving Gott’s patients, task force director Tommy Loving said.”