Friday, 11 15, 2013
Allison Gardner Martin
Attorney General Jack Conway today announced the indictment of a chiropractic clinic owner in northern Kentucky on charges that she conspired to defraud a federal health care benefit program.
A federal grand jury in Covington returned the indictment charging 47-year-old Dr. Andrea Almond, of Cincinnati, with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
General Conway, along with Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Postal Inspection Service, jointly made the announcement. The investigation was handled by General Conway’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Postal Inspection Service.
The indictment alleges that from Sept. 2008 until April 2010, Dr. Almond, a chiropractor and owner of Newport Chiropractic in Campbell County, allegedly submitted health care claims to Medicaid for chiropractic services which she did not perform or witness. Additionally, the indictment alleges that Dr. Almond was aware that the chiropractors who did perform the services were not enrolled as providers with Kentucky Medicaid, and therefore were not eligible for reimbursement.
According to the indictment, Dr. Almond submitted or caused to be submitted approximately 1,943 claims for payment in the approximate amount of $483,797 and received approximately $95,098 in actual reimbursement from Kentucky Medicaid.
Almond’s appearance before the United States District Court has not yet been set by the Court in Covington. If convicted, Almond could face a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only, and that person is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.