Doctor and nurse at recovery center indicted
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A grand jury in Madison County has handed down indictments against a doctor and a nurse who worked at the Richmond Recovery Center.
The Attorney General’s Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse announced the indictments against 48-year-old Dr. Marin A. Barrios, of Lexington, and 43-year-old Stacy Engle, of Hazard.
According to the Attorney General’s Office, Barrios was indicted on two counts of Medicaid fraud; one count of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance; and one count of unauthorized dispensing, prescribing, distributing or administering a controlled substance, all Class D felonies.
Engle was indicted on one count of unauthorized dispensing, prescribing, distributing or administering a controlled substance, a Class D felony.
Barrios, who was an addiction treatment provider at the Richmond Recovery Center, is accused of having $300 in claims submitted to Medicaid for both services and prescriptions for dates of services when he was out of town.
Barrios allegedly pre-signed controlled substance prescriptions, for buprenorphine, before the date of service and left them with Engle.
The Attorney General’s Offices says Engle, who is a registered nurse at the Richmond Recovery Center, gave the unauthorized prescriptions to patients in Barrios’ absence.
Barrios and Engle will be arraigned April 5.
If convicted, Barrios faces a potential sentence of up to 20 years and Engle faces a potential sentence of up to five years.
In February, Attorney General Andy Beshear filed a lawsuit against the four owners of The Recovery Center, with locations in Frankfort, Hazard, Jackson, Mount Sterling, London, Paintsville and Richmond, for illegally prescribing buprenorphine or suboxone – a treatment for opioid addiction – to thousands of Kentucky Medicaid patients.