In Harrison County Indiana a physician believed responsible for patient sexual abuse, prescription drug pushing, insurance fraud and corruption has changed his ‘not guilty’ plea to ‘guilty’ on two of the charges.
Doctor Paul Kelty, an ob/gyn specialist, was initially arrested on more than 20 felony charges after his clinic was raided in February 2013. Authorities collected boxes of evidence after pharmacies contacted the Indiana State Medical Licensing Board, reporting an unusual number of narcotic prescriptions issued by the doctor.
To underscore the point, prosecutor J. Otto Schalk revealed this: “Virtually all of his patients were being prescribed Hydrocodone. Some patients were receiving a cocktail of Hydrocodone and Xanax and that combination is eight times more likely to result in an overdose.”
Kelty pleaded guilty to one count of Medicaid fraud and one count of corrupt business influence. In exchange, the now formerly licensed MD was sentenced to four years of home confinement.
Kelty also faces a civil lawsuit from one woman who claims a sexual assault by the doctor.
The doctor’s medical license has been revoked and he was ordered to forfeit more than $700,000 seized by investigators.
“I think the message is clear. Follow the Indiana code, or you’ll be dealing with a prosecutor,” Schalk said.
Here’s another look:
“I think the message is clear. Follow the Indiana code, or you’ll be dealing with a prosecutor.”
We think this message is clearer: Follow the Indiana code, or we’ll spank you and send you to your room.”