A former Kentucky legislator has admitted he knew his pharmacy was submitting improper bills to insurance programs, but didn’t stop the fraud.
Former state Rep. Robert Goforth, 46, pleaded guilty Wednesday in connection with $2.7 million in excess billing.
Goforth admitted that a pharmacy he owned in Clay County billed insurance programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, for prescriptions that customers didn’t pick up.
The medication could then be put back on the shelf and sold again. The pharmacy multiplied profits by buying a dose of medicine once and then “effectively selling it multiple times,” according to Goforth’s plea document.
“I knew that it was wrong and I’m here to own up to that and take responsibility for my actions,” Goforth said in a hearing before U.S. District Judge Robert E. Wier in London.