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Somerset, KY, doctor receives 5-Year sentence

Medicaid Fraud Case: Attorney General's office alleged that doctor falsely billed for tobacco cessation counseling 'where the patient was a nonsmoker or smoker who did not desire to quit smoking.
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By Terry Sebastian & Crystal Staley
News from Attorney General Andy Beshear's Office

FRANKFORT, KY. (Fri 21 Apr 2017) - Attorney General Andy Beshear today announced that a Somerset doctor was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay more than $10,000 in restitution.

Dr. Ezekiel O. Akande, 58, of Somerset, was sentenced today by Pulaski Circuit Court Judge David A. Tapp.

A Somerset jury convicted Dr. Akande at trial in March for Medicaid fraud, a Class D felony, and theft by unlawful taking over $10,000, a Class C felony.

Akande, who operated the Somerset Regional Pain Center LLC, stood trial for receiving payment from Kentucky's Medicaid Program for tobacco cessation counseling he did not perform.

Beshear's Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse handled the prosecution of the case and alleged that Akande billed for counseling where the patient was a nonsmoker or a smoker who did not desire to quit smoking.

"Holding accountable those who defraud the government and Kentuckians is a responsibility my office takes very seriously," Beshear said. "We are working every day to protect Kentucky families from those who seek to exploit our health services for personal gain."

The Attorney General's Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse and the Department of Criminal Investigations, as well as the Cabinet for Health and Family Services Office of the Inspector General and Department of Medicaid Services, Program Integrity Unit and the Appalachian High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Task Force (AHIDTA) investigated this case.

The Attorney General's tip line for reporting allegations of Medicaid provider fraud is 502-696-5405.

This story was posted on 2017-04-22 04:28:27
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