Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

May 1, 2013

Ex-pain clinic owner pleads no contest

FRANKFORT — Attorney General Jack Conway on Tuesday announced the no-contest plea of a former eastern Kentucky pain clinic owner to charges he defrauded the Medicaid program.

Dr. Lee Balaklaw entered an Alford Plea in Lawrence Circuit Court on April 26 to 10 misdemeanor counts of theft by deception under $300. In so doing, he did not admit guilt, but acknowledged there was enough evidence to convict him.  

Circuit Judge David Preston sentenced Balaklaw to 12 months in jail on each count to run concurrently. The sentence was suspended for two years providing the defendant pays restitution of $140,105, which includes more than $135,000 in restitution to the Kentucky Medicaid program.

 Additionally, Balaklaw, an anesthesiologist from Louisa, is excluded from participation in all federally funded health programs, including Medicaid and Medicare, for a period of at least five years pursuant to federal regulations.

 The investigation and resulting prosecution were conducted by Conway’s Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control.

 “I appreciate the hard work of my investigators and prosecutors in bringing this case to a successful close,” Conway said. “I am pleased that we’ve recovered money for a vital state program and excluded Doctor Balaklaw from participating in the Medicaid program.”

  A Lawrence County grand jury indicted Balaklaw for Medicaid fraud in October 2011 following an investigation into his billing practices at Anesthesia Associates of Louisa PSC. The indictment accused Balaklaw of intentionally or wantonly submitting fraudulent and false claims to Medicaid by claiming he treated multiple patients using pain treatment injections into the tendon.  

The investigation showed Balaklaw was actually performing another injection treatment that entitled him to a smaller reimbursement from Medicaid. Between January 2007 and July 2010, Balaklaw fraudulently billed $90,000 for the 29 patients included in the indictment.

 The case was referred to the Attorney General’s Office by the Department of Medicaid Services.

 Since Conway took office in January 2008, his Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control has recovered or been awarded more than $300 million for the state and federal Medicaid programs. The cases range from lawsuits and settlements against pharmaceutical companies to cases against individual providers.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Flatwoods mayoral debate set for Tuesday

    A public debate among the candidates seeking to become the next mayor of Flatwoods will take place next week.

    April 22, 2014

  • Ashland couple indicted on grave violation charges

     A man and a woman from Ashland have been indicted for allegedly stealing brass flower vases from graves at Rose Hill Burial Park.

    April 22, 2014

  • South Shore clerk gives updates on city building bids, sewer project

    City officials may not have to wait much longer to move from their temporary offices on Main Street into a shiny, new building.

    April 22, 2014

  • Fate of stray animals in Carter County questioned

    Stray animals in Carter County may be disappearing because no one seems to know exactly where they are going.

    April 22, 2014

  • Recovery center finds home

    The mayor of Grayson said he isn’t concerned about the money a new recovery center will funnel into the city, although he is deeply appreciative of what the proposed facility may be able to offer “people who really need help” recovering from the effects of drug and alcohol abuse.

    April 22, 2014

  • Olive Hill man charged with shooting wife during dispute

    A Carter County man has been arrested for allegedly shooting his wife in the neck during a domestic dispute.
    Robert Tackett, 47, of Olive Hill, was lodged in the Carter County Detention Center on Monday, charged with attempted murder-domestic violence, Kentucky State Police at Ashland said.

    April 22, 2014

  • Two of three Greenup commission seats on ballot

    Two of three commission seats are up for grabs in Greenup County this fall, and both will involve primary contests to determine the ballot lineup in the November election.

    April 22, 2014

  • 0423attmurder_tackett.jpg Olive Hill man charged with attempted murder

    A Carter County man has been arrested for allegedly shooting his wife in the neck during a domestic dispute.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rotary updated on Alliance

    Ed Neely, president of the Ashland Rotary Club and chairman of the Ashland Alliance, addressed Rotarians in both capacities during the Monday meeting to give an update on the organization’s recent progress.

    April 21, 2014

  • Prater has been satisfying fans’ hunger for 40 years

    Debbie Prater has satisfied thousands of athletes’, parents’ and fans’ snacking desires for nearly 360 months.
    That’s just about 40 years of serving nachos, popcorn, chili dogs, water and soda from Lewis County’s football, basketball and baseball concession stands, and Prater is retiring after this year’s last pitch.

    April 21, 2014