Kentucky couple convicted in widespread prescription drug trafficking scheme

A Kentucky physician and his wife were convicted of more than 180 charges, including 84 counts of healthcare fraud, for an elaborate prescription drug distribution scheme that billed Medicare and Medicaid nearly $16 million, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Between 2006 and 2014, Dr. James "Ace" Chaney and his wife, Lisa Chaney, used Ace Clinique of Medicine, LLC to distribute pre-signed prescriptions for controlled substances which could be filled by clinical staff in Dr. Chaney's absence. The physician also knowingly provided prescriptions to individuals who were engaged in drug diversion, and falsified the results of drug screening tests and submitted them for reimbursement. The Chaneys also billed Medicare for services provided while on vacation, and for physical exams that were never provided. Announcement