Tuesday, 07 23, 2013
Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
Attorney General Jack Conway today announced the indictment and arrest of a Crab Orchard, Ky. therapist following an investigation by the Attorney General's Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control. A Mercer County grand jury indicted Harold Tokle on one count of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 and one count of intent to defraud or deceive/plan a scheme or artifice to obtain benefits from an assistance program over $10,000. Tokle surrendered at the Boyle County jail this afternoon.
Tokle allegedly submitted false and fraudulent records for payment of therapy services to children with disabilities while he worked at Children and Family Counseling Services in Harrodsburg, Ky. The children should have been receiving services as part of the Impact Plus Program, a program designed to provide residential and community-based services for Kentucky's Medicaid eligible children who suffer from severe emotional disabilities and have complex treatment needs. The indictment alleges that Tokle submitted records, on which he claimed to provide more services than what he provided to the children. In some instances, he never provided the services.
The arrest warrant for Tokle set his bond at $10,000 cash. An arraignment date will be forthcoming in Mercer Circuit Court.
Theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 or greater is a Class C felony and carries a potential penalty range of five to 10 years in prison. Intent to defraud an assistance program over $10,000 is also a Class C felony with a potential penalty range of five to 10 years and a fine from $1,000 to 10,000.
A charge is an allegation only. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty.
Medicaid Fraud Recoveries
Since Attorney General Conway took office in January 2008, his Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control has recovered or been awarded more than $300 million dollars for the state and federal Medicaid programs. These cases range from lawsuits and settlements against pharmaceutical companies to cases against individual providers.
In 2012, General Conway's Medicaid Fraud Unit was named one of the most aggressive in the country by the nonprofit watchdog group Public Citizen.
The Attorney General's Tip Line for reporting allegations of Medicaid fraud is 1-877-228-7384.