Heart disease is a significant killer in men and women in Kentucky and around the country. Hearing that one may have heart disease can be a terrifying diagnosis. When the diagnosis turns out to be false, and procedures that were carried out were unnecessary, lawsuits may be the result. Such is the situation in a Medicare and Medicaid fraud case involving a Kentucky doctor.

A doctor who practiced at St. Joseph Hospital in London has been convicted of multiple incidents of fraud. The charges involve procedures on dozens of patients he treated between the years 2007 – 2011. Over that period, he implanted unneeded pacemaker devices and billed Medicare and Medicaid for the procedures.

After a 12 day trial, the doctor has been sentenced to 42 months in prison. He was also ordered to pay fines in the amount of $50,000 and restitution to the patients in the amount of $257,515. The sentencing hearing took place at the federal district court in Eastern Kentucky.

People trust specialists in Kentucky to give them accurate and honest diagnostic information. When that trust is betrayed, it can have serious consequences on one’s physical and emotional well-being. A person in Kentucky who fears one may have been the subject of Medicare and Medicaid fraud should seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney. An experienced lawyer can review the facts of the case and determine if a civil suit is a possible option. A successfully litigated claim can assist with medical costs that have been incurred as well as future costs that may be necessary.