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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Kentucky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 19, 2016

Former Manager Of Louisville Medical Office Sentenced To 20 Months In Prison For Health Care Fraud And Identity Theft

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr. today announced the sentencing of a former medical office manager to 20 months in prison, on Wednesday, August 19, 2016, by Senior District Judge Thomas B. Russell, for committing health care fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Kelly Lenning, age 45, of Jefferson County, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to all charges in a six count federal indictment, on March 28, 2016. Lenning admitted to scheming to defraud a health care benefit program, in connection with the delivery of and payment for health care benefits, items, and services, and three counts of aggravated identity theft in relation to the health care fraud offenses.

Specifically, from May of 2013 through August of 2013, while manager of Injury Rehab Specialists of Lou., PLLC a medical practice that treated motor-vehicle-accident patients, Lenning unlawfully used former employees’ (nurse practitioners) DEA numbers to order controlled substance prescriptions, namely Hydrocodone, and directed two individuals to fill the Hydrocodone prescriptions.

The individuals provided the filled Hydrocodone prescriptions to Lenning, for her own personal use, while she knew the individuals used Humana insurance, to pay for the unlawful prescriptions.

Additionally, during the same time period, Lenning admits to using the identification of another person, namely the DEA numbers of two nurse practitioners, without lawful authority. Lenning admitted that she did not have the authority or permission of the nurse practitioners to use their DEA numbers to order narcotics.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Joseph Ansari and Lettricea Jefferson-Webb and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Louisville Metro Police Department.

Topic: 
Healthcare Fraud
Updated August 19, 2016