Eastern Kentucky eye center owner indicted on Medicaid fraud charges

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – An Eastern Kentucky eye center owner and his ex-wife have been indicted on theft and Medicaid fraud charges.

The Kentucky Office of the Attorney General says optician Marcus S. Minix, of Lexington and Amy K. Slone, of Prestonsburg, have each been charged with theft by unlawful taking of property over $10,000, and devising or engaging in a scheme to defraud the Kentucky medical assistance program of $300 or more.

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The indictment alleges that in 2015 and 2016 false billings were submitted on behalf of Minix Eye Care, PSC, a company owned by Minix and formerly in Paintsville and Prestonsburg, for eye care services that were never provided but that were paid for by Medicaid.

Slone and Minix, who were married and working at the eye center at the time, are alleged to have withdrawn large amounts of money from the Minix Eye Care accounts where Medicaid payments were deposited.

Their arraignment is scheduled in Franklin County Circuit Court