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AG Beshear: Somerset doctor found guilty of medicaid fraud

Jury finds doctor falsely billed for tobacco cessation counseling

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By Terry Sebastian and Crystal Staley
News from Attorney General Andy Beshear's office

FRANKFORT, KY. (Fri 10 Mar 2017) - Today, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced that a Somerset jury found Dr. Ezekiel O. Akande, 58, of Somerset, guilty of Medicaid fraud, a Class D felony, and theft by unlawful taking over $10,000, a Class C felony.

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

Before Judge David A. Tapp, a Pulaski Circuit Court jury found Akande guilty March 9 and recommended a sentence of five years. Formal sentencing for Akande is scheduled for April 21.

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

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

This story was posted on 2017-03-10 18:01:29
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