Tuesday, 06 10, 2014
Deputy Communications Director
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
“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
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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