Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Greg Stumbo Announces Indictment & Arrest of Western Kentucky Respiratory Therapist for Medicaid Fraud

Press Release Date:  Monday, December 18, 2006  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  

Attorney General Greg Stumbo announced today the unsealing of an indictment following the arrest on Friday of a western Kentucky respiratory therapist on 29 felony counts of defrauding the Kentucky Medicaid Program. Mark Pierce, age 45, is the owner and sole employee of PSG Consultants, based in Greenville, Kentucky, a provider of durable medical equipment to Kentucky Medicaid patients.

Mr. Pierce allegedly defrauded the Kentucky Medicaid Program by billing for sleep apnea machines that were not provided to eight patients and by billing for more expensive sleep apnea equipment that he provided to 21 other patients.

Because the Medicaid Program requires medical documents signed by physicians before it will pay for sleep apnea machines, Mr. Pierce allegedly forged physician signatures on prescriptions, sleep study reports, and other documents he submitted to the Program.

Each count of the indictment carries a maximum term of five years in prison.

“The fraud committed by this defendant is brazen and unconscionable,” said Attorney General Stumbo. “My office is committed to prosecuting and punishing individuals who steal Medicaid funds by submitting false claims. These prosecutions are critical if we are to continue to be able to provide desperately needed medical and dental care to Kentucky patients.”

This case will be prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Mary Cartwright and was investigated by Kentucky Bureau of Investigation Agent Kathy Parrish.

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

Mark Pierce
Mark Pierce