Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Stumbo Announces Former Kentucky Dentist Arrested for Medicaid Fraud and Drug Trafficking

Press Release Date:  Friday, December 21, 2007  
Contact Information:  Corey Bellamy, 502-696-5643 Office  

Attorney General Greg Stumbo today announced that a former Kentucky dentist has been arrested for Medicaid fraud and drug trafficking.  A Bell County Grand Jury returned a four count felony indictment against Craig L. Ralston on December 19, 2007.

“The Medicaid Program is devoted to meet the needs of Kentucky’s most disadvantaged citizens,” Stumbo said.  “My office will vigorously prosecute all violations of the public trust.”

According to the indictment, Craig L. Ralston, 55, of Tennessee, fraudulently billed and accepted payments from the Kentucky Medicaid Program for tooth extractions that he did not perform between 1998 and 2004.  Additionally, the indictment alleges that Ralston was trafficking in controlled substances by unlawfully providing schedule III drug prescriptions to patients, when there was no medical need or justification for the prescriptions.  Ralston faces up to twenty (20) years in prison and up to a $40,000 fine under the four count Class D Felony indictment.

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Ralston was taken into custody today after a warrant was issued for arrest on December 19, 2007.  He is lodged in a Knoxville, Tennessee jail awaiting extradition. Bond was set at $100,000.  An arraignment has not been scheduled.

The indictment was sought by Stumbo’s Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wintergerst.  It was investigated by Agent Paul Underwood of the Kentucky Bureau of Investigation.  All defendants are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Suspected fraud can be reported by calling the Attorney General’s tip line at 1-877-ABUSE-TIP (1-877-228-7384).