Kentucky Surgeon Sentenced to Prison for Felony Medicaid Fraud

January 6, 2006

Louisville, Ky. oral surgeon Robert Michael Clear has been sentenced to three years in prison on felony Medicaid fraud charges according to Attorney General Greg Stumbo.

The Jefferson Circuit Court sentence was probated for five years on the condition that Clear pay restitution to Medicaid in the amount of $18,175.66. Additionally, Dr. Clear, age 57, was ordered to provide 150 hours of community service each year for the period of probation.

Clear’s licenses to practice in Ohio and Kentucky have also been surrendered. Under the terms of the judgment, Clear is precluded from participation as a provider in any federally funded healthcare program.

Clear had been practicing in the Middletown area near Louisville and has recently worked in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. Dr. Clear presented fraudulent claims for oral surgery and/or dental services to the Kentucky Medicaid Program.

“The recovery of these Medicaid dollars is critical to people whose lives are dependant upon the program,” Stumbo said. “Fraudulently billing the system is theft and, as this case proves, the guilty will be punished.”

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