LOUISVILLE — Doctors and some individuals pretending to be physicians have been indicted in a federal investigation targeting healthcare fraud and the dispensing of medically unnecessary drugs in western Kentucky.
Several western Kentucky doctors indicted in federal fraud takedown
By Beth Smith
June 28, 2018
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, six separate cases were indicted in May and June as part of the national health care fraud takedown led by the Justice Department. “The law enforcement takedown, in the Western District of Kentucky, resulted in charges against 10 individuals for their alleged participation in health care fraud schemes, to include unlawful dispensing of controlled substances (such as) opioids,” officials said.
The offenses, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, ranged from unlawful distribution and dispensing of controlled substances, healthcare fraud, theft from a health care benefit program, paying or offering healthcare kickbacks, mail fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and aggravated identity theft…
Dr. Peter Steiner
Steiner, a Louisville psychiatrist, is accused of opening and operating Kentuckiana Mental Health Associates. At its basic level, KMHA was a mental health and opioid addiction practice where Dr. Steiner allegedly prescribed medically unnecessary drugs that were also prescribed outside the usual course of professional practice, a news release said. “He prescribed thousands of units of stimulants and Buprenorphine. He unlawfully distributed opiates as well,” officials said.
He’s been charged with one count of conspiracy to unlawfully distribute Schedule II-IV controlled substances,13 counts of distributing Schedule II controlled substances and 12 counts of distributing Schedule III controlled substances.
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