- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 16, 2017

LOUISA, Ky. (AP) - A grand jury has charged a northeastern Kentucky doctor with defrauding Medicaid and illegally prescribing an addiction-treatment drug.

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced on Monday that 57-year-old Curtis Edens was charged with two counts of Medicaid fraud, one count of improperly prescribing a controlled substance and five counts of theft by deception.

Media outlets report that in 2016, Edens operated a clinic in Louisa that prescribed Suboxone - a drug used to treat addiction to opioids, but is often abused itself.

Edens allegedly fraudulently charged people cash for services. Providers cannot bill cash for services covered by Medicaid.

Edens was arrested in South Carolina. He waived extradition on Monday and will be returned to Kentucky for arraignment. It’s unclear if Edens had an attorney.

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