Somerset doctor sentenced to 5 years on Medicaid fraud

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Ezekiel Akande
Ezekiel Akande (Photo Courtesy: Pulaski Co. Detention Center)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Somerset doctor was sentenced by a Pulaski Circuit Court Judge to five years in prison and ordered to pay more than $10,000 in restitution on Friday.

A jury convicted Dr. Ezekiel O. Akande, 58, at trial in March for Medicaid fraud and theft by unlawful taking.

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Akande, who operated the Somerset Regional Pain Center LLC, stood trial for receiving payment from Kentucky’s Medicaid Program for tobacco cessation counseling he did not perform.

The Attorney General’s Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse handled the prosecution of the case and alleged that Akande billed for counseling where the patient was a nonsmoker or a smoker who did not desire to quit smoking.