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February 12, 2018

Couple forged prescriptions, fraudulently billed thousands of dollars for medical service


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2018) – Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse today announced a Lawrence County couple entered guilty pleas to multiple felony counts of Medicaid fraud.

Kevin and Janice Gauze both pled guilty to multiple charges from 2016 bust at a clinic they ran beside Louisa Middle School.Kevin and Janice Gauze both pled guilty to multiple charges from 2016 bust at a clinic they ran beside Louisa Middle School.Kevin Gauze, 49, and Janice Gauze, 47, both of Louisa, entered guilty pleas in Lawrence Circuit Court Feb. 9.

According to the plea, the couple fraudulently billed Medicaid nearly $10,000 by claiming a physician was performing services when no physician was present at the Tri-State Family Medical Center in Louisa. They also obtained controlled substances, hydrocodone and oxycodone, through forged prescriptions.

Additionally, Kevin Gauze fraudulently billed Medicaid over $7,000 for office visits when patients were not present and forged prescriptions for controlled substances.

Kevin Gauze entered a guilty plea to two counts of Kentucky Medical Assistance Program fraud of $300 or more; forgery of a prescription; unauthorized dispensing/prescribing/administering of a controlled substance and unauthorized procurement of a controlled substance – all Class D felonies. He also pleaded guilty to wrongfully filling a prescription, a Class A misdemeanor.

Janice Gauze entered a guilty plea to Kentucky Medical Assistance Program fraud of $300 or more and unauthorized procurement of a controlled substance, Class D felonies.

The Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse of the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office investigated this case with assistance from the Appalachian High Intensity Drug Trafficking Task Force (AHIDTA) and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services Office of the Inspector General.

The Commonwealth recommended Mr. Gauze receive a sentence of five years on each felony count with a recommendation of probation. He will be required to pay over $17,000 in restitution, of which nearly $10,000 is to be paid jointly with his wife. As part of the plea agreement, Mr. Gauze will be required to permanently forfeit his nursing license.

The Commonwealth recommended a sentence of three years on each felony count to be diverted for a period of three years for Mrs. Gauze. She will be required to forfeit her nursing license during the diversionary period and pay nearly $10,000 in restitution jointly with her husband, $5,000 of which is due at the time of her sentencing.

Sentencing for the couple is scheduled for March 9, at 10 a.m. in Lawrence Circuit Court.

Beshear said his office secured grand jury indictments against the pair Aug. 12, 2016.

“I am proud of the work of our Medicaid Fraud Unit and our partner agencies for their continued commitment to protecting Kentucky families and seniors from anyone who would defraud such a critical program,” said Beshear. “We take our role as Medicaid watchdog very seriously and work hard to protect this vital service for those in need.”

One of the core missions of Beshear’s is to fight back against the pervasive substance-abuse epidemic and to protect Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens from abuse and exploitation. Efforts by Beshear’s office through civil settlements and criminal restitution resulted in over $71 million in obligations to the state and federal Medicaid program, Medicare, Tricare, commercial payers and other entities.

The Attorney General’s tip line for reporting allegations of Medicaid provider fraud is 877-228-7384.

 

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+1 #5 Pillmill 2018-02-14 21:58
They aren't facing prison. Did you catch that probation clause at the end?
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0 #4 Hey Sad 2018-02-13 18:50
The last medical crooks in Louisa that embezzled the govt started a new business and was considered to do business for the city of Louisa. Why do they do it, you ask? For easy money and financial gain. Why not, you should ask. Nothing will be done to these thieves. The judge will give them zero jail time. Then the Rotary will have them as guests. What's wrong with the world today or what's wrong with the justice system in Lawrence County you also should ask.
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+2 #3 No Problem 2018-02-13 18:37
Bet judge Preston gives them probation....wa nna bet?
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+2 #2 Wise Old Man 2018-02-13 01:19
Given the leniency of our Judicial System I will be surprised if they are sentenced to more than six months in jail. Once out of jail they will probably be given a local government job.
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+9 #1 Sad 2018-02-12 22:26
Sad where people with respectful businesses get greedy?!!! And for what?? It’s all a matter of time before you get caught, now they are facing prison, as well as giving up there licenses, just like Edens!!! I don’t understand what gets in these people's heads,,. but on a good note at least they will no longer be able to contribute to our prescription drug problem.
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