Paducah physician pleads guilty to fraud charges

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PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) – A McCracken County physician has admitted to devising a scheme to obtain prescription pain medication while he was working at two Paducah hospitals.

U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn Jr. said in a news release that 46-year-old Sean McDonald pleaded guilty Thursday to fraudulent possession of a controlled substance, wire fraud and making false statements about health care matters.

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Kuhn says McDonald misrepresented that he was removing meds for hospitalized patients, falsely possessed the controlled substances, and caused a request for payment to be sent from Lourdes hospital and Western Baptist to patient insurance carriers.

The charges could have sent McDonald to prison for a maximum cumulative sentence of 113 years if he had been convicted at trial. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 26.

 

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