Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Stumbo Announces Paducah Oral Surgeon Found Guilty
Attorney General Greg Stumbo announced today that Peter Robert Ciampa, an oral surgeon who practiced in Paducah, Kentucky, was found guilty of defrauding the Kentucky Medicaid Program. A McCracken County jury convicted Ciampa, age 49, of fraudulently billing the Kentucky Medicaid Program and double-billing for services. He is charged with three counts of devising or engaging in a scheme to defraud the Kentucky Medical Assistance Program (KMAP, commonly known as Medicaid) out of nearly $10,000 between January, 2001 and November, 2004. Late Wednesday, March 7th, the jury recommended a sentence of one year on each count to run concurrently. Final sentencing by the trial judge is scheduled for April 30, 2007.
“This doctor thought he would get away with cheating our citizens and the system,” said Attorney General Greg Stumbo. “He was stealing money directly from the hands of Kentuckians who rely on the Medicaid Program for their healthcare benefits. I commend my staff and the jury for bringing this criminal to justice.”
The trial began March 1, 2007 and was prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Lettricea Jefferson-Webb and Jennifer Wintergerst. Kentucky Bureau of Investigation (KBI) Agent Chris Dunkle was the lead investigator on the case. All are assigned to the Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit of the Office of the Attorney General.
Suspected fraud can be reported to this unit by calling the Attorney General’s tip line at 1-877-ABUSE-TIP (1-877-228-7384).