Office of the Attorney General
Former Kentucky Counselor Sentenced And Ordered To Pay Restitution To Medicaid

Press Release Date:  Friday, December 19, 2008  
Contact Information:  Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway today announced that a former behavior health professional has been convicted on charges he concealed a prior felony conviction when he sought to treat children in Warren and Barren counties. Kenneth A. Brasel, of Centerville, Tennessee and formerly of Glasgow, Kentucky in Barren County, was sentenced in Warren Circuit Court on two counts of Falsifying or Concealing Material Facts to the Medicaid Program, a Class D felony under KRS 205, which will carry a two year sentence.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, the Court ordered the defendant to a sentence of two years in the Kentucky Department of Corrections, which will be probated for a period of five years. Brasel was also ordered to pay restitution to the Kentucky Medicaid Program in the amount of $25,870 and to reimburse the Attorney General’s Office for investigative costs of $6,000.

Brasel, 44, failed to disclose to the Kentucky Medicaid Program in 2006 the fact that he was a convicted felon, thus enabling him to illegally participate in the program and obtain funds through the program.  Impact Plus, a program administered by the Kentucky Medicaid Program, does not allow convicted felons to participate. Brasel worked for two Impact Plus providers in Barren and Warren Counties.

“As the Commonwealth’s chief law enforcement officer and prosecutor, it is my job to ensure that those who are billing the Medicaid system aren’t shortchanging taxpayers. It is because of the hard work of the investigators and prosecutors in our Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Division that were able to recover this money on behalf of the taxpayers,” General Conway said.

Citizens are urged to report suspected fraud or elder abuse by calling the Attorney General’s tip line at 1-877-ABUSE TIP (1-877-228-7384).