Opioid Prescribing Scheme Purportedly Contributed to at Least Six Former Clinic Patient Overdose Deaths
A Kentucky federal grand jury submitted a charge on 24th Feb 2021 indicting two physicians for their purported participation in schemes to unlawfully distribute opioids and carry out health care fraud.
As per the court documents, physicians William Lawrence Siefert, age 67, from Dayton, Ohio, and Timothy Ehn, age 48, from Union, Kentucky, planned their purported illicit prescribing and health care fraud schemes via a pain clinic, Northern Kentucky Center for Pain Relief, located in Florence, Kentucky. William Siefert, a medical physician, was hired by the clinic, while Timothy Ehn, a chiropractor, owned the clinic. William Siefert and Timothy Ehn purportedly gave medication-seeking patients who were not supposed to have obtained opioids easy access to these harmful controlled substances, then charged the Medicaid program for millions of U.S. dollars in medically unnecessary urinalysis screening associated with these patients.
The charge purports that William Siefert and Timothy Ehn’s purported illegal opioid prescribing scheme highly contributed to the opioid overdose deaths of at least six ex clinic patients.
William Siefert and Timothy Ehn are individually indicted with one charge of conspiracy to illegally distribute controlled substances and one charge of conspiracy to carry out health care fraud. Besides, William Siefert was indicted with three charges of health care fraud and eleven charges of unlawful controlled substances distribution, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and clonazepam, and Timothy Ehn was indicted with eight health care fraud counts.
The Justice Department – Criminal Division Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid; Kentucky’s Eastern District Acting U.S. Attorney Carlton S. Shier IV; the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration – Detroit Field Division Special Agent in Charge Keith W. Martin; the U.S Health & Human Services Department Office of Inspector General – Atlanta Region Special Agent in Charge Derrick Jackson; the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Louisville Field Office Special Agent In Charge James “Robert” Brown Jr; and the Kentucky Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Executive Director W. Bryan Hubbard in the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office announced the charges.
The Drug Enforcement Administration – Detroit Field Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Louisville Field Office; Cincinnati District Office Diversion Group, the U.S Health & Human Services Department Office of Inspector General – Louisville Field Office; and the Kentucky Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated this matter.
The Criminal Division – Fraud Section Trial Attorney Dermot Lynch and Criminal Division – Fraud Section Assistant Chief Kilby Macfadden prosecuted the case.
The Fraud Section controls the ARPO (Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid) Strike Force. Since its formation in October 2018, the ARPO Strike Force, which is operational in 10 districts, has indicted 91 accused people, including 68 certified medical specialists, and its casework has targeted the purported illicit distribution of over 65 million controlled substance drugs involving over 350,000 prescriptions. Since its establishment in March 2007, the HCFSF (Health Care Fraud Strike Force), which controls 15 strike forces operational in 24 districts, has indicted over 4,200 accused individuals who have collectively charged Medicare for about 19 billion U.S. dollars. Additionally, the Health & Human Service Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, working jointly with the HHS-OIG, are taking measures to improve accountability and lower the presence of sham providers.
People who believe that they might be victims in this matter should visit the Fraud Section -Victim Witness website for additional information.
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