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Former Co-Owner of Barren County Treatment Center Pleads Guilty

Tuesday, 06 10, 2014

Daniel Kemp
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway and his Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit today announced that a former co-owner of a Barren County mental health treatment center has pleaded guilty to charges involving theft and fraud.

 

In January, a Barren County grand jury charged Jeremy Catron, 36, with theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 and devising or engaging in a scheme to defraud the Kentucky Medicaid program.  Catron pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to both charges.  Prosecutors from General Conway’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit will recommend a five-year probated sentence on the condition that Catron pays $24,362.80 in restitution to the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services.

 

Catron is the former co-owner of Alliance Counseling Associates.  While working as a therapist, Catron submitted claims to the Medicaid program for services that he did not perform.  This resulted in payment to him and a loss to the Medicaid program in the amount of $24,362.80.

 

“Defrauding Medicaid will not be tolerated in Kentucky,” General Conway said.  “I appreciate the hard work of my investigators and prosecutors who brought this case to a successful close, and I am pleased that Mr. Catron is accepting responsibility for his actions and that his sentence includes restitution to a vital state program.”

 

Theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 is a class C felony. Devising or engaging in a scheme to defraud the Kentucky Medicaid program is a class D felony.

 

This case was investigated by General Conway’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Office of the Inspector General.  Formal sentencing for Jeremy Catron is scheduled for July 7 in Barren Circuit Court.   

 

Medicaid 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 $260 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 2013, 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.

 

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