Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces Plea and Sentencing of Former Caregiver in Lee County

Press Release Date:  Friday, April 17, 2015  
Contact Information:  Leland Hulbert
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659
 


Attorney General Jack Conway and his Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit today announced the plea of guilty and sentencing of a former caregiver on a charge of defrauding the Kentucky Medicaid program.  This morning, 49-year-old Yvette Horvath of Winchester was sentenced in Lee Circuit Court to five years prison, which will be diverted for a period of five years.  Horvath was also ordered to pay $5,826.16 in restitution to the Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services.  During this five-year period, Horvath will be supervised by the Division of Probation and Parole.  She must also complete 40 hours of community service and refrain from working as a home-health provider for the period of her diversion.

 

Horvath worked as a caregiver for Rock Arch Refuge, a company based in Lee County that provides Medicaid-funded services to disabled patients.  On March 4, 2015, Horvath pleaded guilty to one count of presenting fraudulent claims to defraud the Kentucky Medical Assistance Program over $300, a Class D felony with a penalty range of one to five years.  In pleading guilty, Horvath admitted that from September 2, 2013, through January 18, 2014, she submitted false timesheets for services she did not perform, resulting in a loss to the Medicaid program of $5,826.16. 

 

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Horvath’s conviction is the result of a broader investigation of Medicaid-funded, in-home caregiving companies located in Jessamine, Fayette and Lee counties.  The investigation was conducted by Attorney General Conway’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Office of the Inspector General.  To date, the investigation has yielded three additional felony convictions involving Medicaid fraud. 

 

Medicaid Recoveries

Since Attorney General Conway took office in January 2008, his Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control has recovered or been awarded more than $280 million 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.