A Somerset doctor sentenced in April to five years in prison for committing thousands of dollars in Medicaid fraud will not be released from jail, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said today.
Ezekiel O. Akande, 58, of Somerset, is currently serving a five-year sentence in the Grayson County jail after a Somerset jury convicted him at trial in March for Medicaid fraud, a Class D felony, and theft by unlawful taking over $10,000, a Class C felony.
Akande was sentenced April 21, 2017, to five years and ordered to pay more than $10,000 in restitution. Pulaski Circuit Judge David A. Tapp overruled Akande’s motion for shock probation in July.
The Kentucky Parole Board entered an order Dec. 4, 2017, which deferred parole for 12 months based upon a file review. Akande did not appear before the board. He will next be eligible for parole Jan. 31, 2019.
Akande, who operated Somerset Regional Pain Center LLC, stood trial for receiving payment from Kentucky’s Medicaid program for tobacco cessation counseling he did not perform.
Beshear’s Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse handled the prosecution of the case and alleged that Akande billed for counseling where the patient was a nonsmoker or a smoker who did not desire to quit smoking.
The Attorney General’s Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse and the Department of Criminal Investigations, as well as the Cabinet for Health and Family Services Office of the Inspector General and Department of Medicaid Services, Program Integrity Unit and the Appalachian High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (AHIDTA) investigated the case.
Since Beshear took office, the work of his Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse has contributed to civil settlements and criminal restitution of over $70.5 million to be returned to the state and federal Medicaid program or other entities like Medicare. The Attorney General’s tip line for reporting allegations of Medicaid provider fraud is 502-696-5405.