Former Kentucky Lawmaker Sentenced to Prison in Fraud Case

October 5, 2022

Former Kentucky lawmaker Robert Goforth was sentenced Monday to two years and one month in federal prison for health care fraud and money laundering.

Goforth, who resigned from the Kentucky House in 2021, also faces two years of supervised release, media outlets reported.

Goforth ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for governor in 2019.

Goforth pleaded guilty in May 2022, admitting that a pharmacy he owned in Clay County billed insurance programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, for prescriptions that customers didn’t pick up, according to court records. The pharmacy multiplied profits by buying a dose of medicine once and then “effectively selling it multiple times,” according to Goforth’s plea agreement.

Goforth will have to pay $2.7 million in restitution for the fraud and $10,000 in fines. As of Monday, he had paid more than $1 million in restitution, according to court testimony.

U.S. District Judge Robert Wier imposed the sentence at a federal courthouse in Laurel County. Wier said the sentence should serve as a deterrent to others in the health care system who attempt to abuse the trust of others.

In a tearful statement, Goforth told Wier that he was ashamed of what he had done and apologized to his victims and his family.

Goforth also faced charges stemming from a 2020 domestic dispute in which he allegedly choked a woman with an ethernet cable and tried to “hog tie” her, the Associated Press has reported.

Photo: Former Kentucky state Rep. Robert Goforth, R-East Bernstadt, in 2019. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

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