Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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April 29, 2014

Catron trial conference postponed

Former co-owner of local business accused of defrauding Medicaid

GLASGOW — The pretrial conference scheduled for Monday for the former co-owner of a mental health treatment center was postponed.

Scott C. Cox, defense attorney for Jeremy Catron, 37, of Smiths Grove, told Barren Circuit Court Judge Phil Patton on Monday that his client would like to resolve the case, and he asked for a few weeks more for discussions to take place.

Special prosecutor Michelle Rudovich, with the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General, did not object.

Catron is charged with theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 and devising and engaging in a scheme to defraud the Kentucky Medical Assistance Program. He formerly co-owned Alliance Counseling Associates, which has locations in Glasgow and Bowling Green.

Erin Heck, now the sole owner of Alliance Counseling, provided a statement in February after Catron’s indictment and arraignment saying the company had been aware of the investigation while it was taking place and cooperated fully. Further, she said he had not been associated with the company for a year or more at that point, nor would he be in the future.

“This investigation did not involve anyone else in the company,” she said.

Patton said OK to the postponement, but he noted that Catron, who was free on his own recognizance, had not yet been processed through the jail and would need to do that Monday. The judge called the jail to discuss the best way for that to happen; he then informed the defendant he would officially issue a warrant, but after Catron presented himself to the jail to officially be placed in that system, he would be free to go from there.

A new pretrial conference was set for 1 p.m. June 9.

Catron’s Jan. 31 indictment alleges he billed the Kentucky Medicaid program for therapy services for 10 people that he did not perform, resulting in a loss to the program of more than $10,000.

The case was investigated by the Kentucky attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services Office of the Inspector General, according to an earlier press release from the AG’s office.

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