Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway announces Guilty Plea and Sentencing of Whitley County Dentist Ronald Hungerbuhler for Medicaid Fraud

Press Release Date:  Monday, March 30, 2015  
Contact Information:  Leland Hulbert
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 30, 2015) – Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Medicaid Fraud today announce the guilty plea and sentencing of a Whitley County, Ky Dentist Ronald Hungerbuhler in Whitley Circuit Court. 

 

Hungerbuhler ran a dental practice in Whitley County, Kentucky and provided dental care to Medicaid patients at a local nursing home.  Beginning in 2003 and continuing into 2009, he began to bill for dental exams but stopped providing the services to the patients.   He then submitted fraudulent billings for dental exams that he did not perform on patients including those who were in the hospital or had already died resulting in $16,000 restitution to Medicaid.

 

Today Hungerbuhler pled guilty in Whitley Circuit Court to one count of engaging in a scheme to defraud the Kentucky Medical Assistance Program over $300, a Class D Felony.  Hungerbuhler entered an Alford plea and agreed to be sentenced today.  He received a one-year sentence which will be probated for one year.  He was also ordered to repay $16,000 in restitution to the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services.  As a condition of his sentence, he agrees to not seek reinstatement of his dental license.

 

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This case was investigated by Attorney General Conway’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Office of Inspector General.  It was prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit in Whitley Circuit Court.

 

Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit

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.