Former Lawrence County Doctor Arraigned on Multiple Fraud Charges

A former Eastern Kentucky Suboxone clinic doctor has been arraigned in Lawrence Circuit Court. Dr. Curtis Edens, 57 of Hardeeville, South Carolina, is charged with two counts of Medicaid fraud; one count of improperly prescribing a controlled substance; one count of theft by deception over $500—all class D felonies; and four counts of theft by deception over $10,00, a Class C felony. Edens was indicted by a Lawrence County grand jury May 12, and he pretrial conference is scheduled for August 25. The allegations involved Edens operating a now closed Lawrence County Suboxone Clinic in 2016 and fraudulently charging Medicaid recipients cash for services. Medicaid specifically prohibits providers from billing cash for services that are covered by the program. Attorney General Andy Beshear, whose office alleges Edens improperly prescribed Suboxone to his patients at his Louisa clinic in 2011 and 2012, said rogue clinics who value money over lives must be shut down.

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