Beshear: Jefferson County couple charged with alleged neglect/abuse, medicaid fraud
FRANKFORT, KY. (WTVQ) – A Jefferson County couple is facing six felony counts of alleged abuse and neglect of a vulnerable Kentuckian, and theft and fraud of the Kentucky Medicaid Program, according to Attorney General Andy Beshear.
Louis Milligan and Stacey Milligan, a Louisville husband and wife, are each charged with one count of theft by deception over $500, one count of devising or engaging in a scheme to defraud the Kentucky Medical Assistance Program of $300 or more, and one count of wanton abuse or neglect of an adult.
A Jefferson County grand jury indicted the couple Oct. 23 on the charges. Stacey Milligan was arraigned Oct. 29 in Jefferson Circuit Court, and her next scheduled appearance is 9 a.m. Dec. 20. Louis Milligan is scheduled to be arraigned at 2 p.m. Nov. 5 in Jefferson Circuit Court.
The indictment alleges the wife, Stacey Milligan, as a family home provider, fraudulently billed Kentucky Medicaid for services that she did not provide and, as a result, received more than $500 in payments from the program.
On one day when Stacey Milligan was not present, one of the adults in her care tried to eat raw chicken, choked and later died.
At the time of this incident, Louis Milligan, the husband, was at the home, but was not approved or trained by the company that administered the program to provide care to this adult.
Beshear’s Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse is prosecuting the case. A charge is merely an accusation. The defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The AG’s office has seen a significant increase in the number of subpoenas or demand letters issued during Medicaid provider fraud or patient abuse, neglect or exploitation investigations during Beshear’s administration.
Since taking office, efforts by Beshear’s Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse through civil settlements and criminal restitution have resulted in over $74 million in obligations to the state and federal Medicaid program, Medicare, Tricare, commercial payers and other entities.
The Attorney General’s tip line for reporting allegations of abuse, neglect or exploitation is 877-ABUSE-TIP (877-228-7384). Reports may be made to Adult Protective Services by calling 800-752-6200. Complaints involving a nursing home may be made by contacting the Office of the Inspector General, which is responsible for licensing nursing homes, by calling 502-564-7963.