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Kentuckiana Physician Charged With Prescribing Pain Medications That Resulted In The Deaths Of Five Patients

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.—A Kentuckiana physician was charged today by a federal grand jury with prescribing pain medications that resulted in the deaths of five patients, health care fraud, and unlawful distribution or dispensing of controlled substances announce Acting United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr. Jaime Guerrero, age 47, a medical physician with offices in Louisville, Kentucky, and Jeffersonville, Indiana, was charged in a 32 count indictment today with unlawfully dispensing pain medications to 30 patients, without a legitimate medical purpose and beyond the bounds of professional medical practice. Beginning in December, 2009, and continuing through May 2014, Guerrero allegedly prescribed pain medications that resulted in the deaths of five patients.

Guerrero is further charged with two counts of health care fraud for allegedly fraudulently billing various health care benefit programs and for submitting fraudulent claims for patient health care counseling. 

On multiple dates, Guerrero allegedly saw more than 100 patients, by himself, and spent approximately 3 minutes or less with each patient, and fraudulently billed various health care benefit programs, for office visits at a higher code than the service provided. And for directing a staff member, who was not a licensed counselor, to provide drug education classes to patients, and falsely and fraudulently, bill various health care benefit programs, by submitting claims for 15-30 minute counseling sessions while the defendant was out of the office.

If convicted at trial, Guerrero faces up to life in prison, a $2,750,000 fine and a three year period of supervised release.

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