FRANKFORT, Ky. - Paul Patterson, a well-known optometrist from Greensburg who runs an eye care center in Russell County has had a felony indictment returned against him for Medicaid fraud.
According to the Attorney General's office, the Franklin County Grand Jury recently returned the indictment.
Investigators arrested Patterson, 51, in Greensburg last Friday. He was lodged in the Franklin County jail, but is free after posting ten percent of a $5,000 bond.
He is scheduled to make an appearance in Franklin Circuit Court on May 9 at 9 a.m.
According to the indictment, Patterson fraudulently billed the Kentucky Medicaid Program for optometric services to children entering the Head Start Programs in Liberty that he either did not perform or were not medically necessary.
The indictment also alleges that Patterson engaged in the fraudulent billing between November 2004 and February 2007. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted, according to the attorney general's office.
The indictment was sought by Attorney General Jack Conway's Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control.
Citizens are urged to report suspected fraud or elder abuse by calling the Attorney General's tip line at 1-877-228-7384.
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