Louisa Anesthesiologists has pleaded guilty to defrauding Medicaid
An anesthesiologist from Louisa, Ky., who was also the former owner of two eastern Kentucky pain clinics has pleaded guilty to charges he defrauded the Medicaid program.
Dr. Lee Balaklaw entered an Alford Plea to 10 misdemeanor counts of theft by deception under $300 during a hearing in Lawrence Circuit Court.
Circuit Judge David Preston immediately sentenced Balaklaw to 12 months in jail on each count to run concurrently. The sentence was suspended for two years providing that the defendant pays restitution in the amount of $140,105, which includes more than $135,000 in restitution to the Kentucky Medicaid program.
Additionally, Dr. Balaklaw is excluded from participation in all federally funded health programs, including Medicaid and Medicare, for a period of at least five years pursuant to federal regulations.
In October 2011, a Lawrence County grand jury indicted Balaklaw on 20 counts of Medicaid fraud following an investigation into his billing practices at Anesthesia Associates of Louisa.
Balaklaw owned now closed pain clinics in Louisa and Prestonsburg.