The former owner of a Lexington group home that closed entered a plea of not guilty to charges of Medicaid fraud and second-degree forgery, Attorney General Jack Conway's office said Monday in a statement.
Irvin Smith, Jr. was indicted earlier this month. Smith, who entered the pleas in Fayette Circuit Court on Friday, is a former provider in the Kentucky Medicaid Supports for Community Living, or SCL, program. He was the owner, principal member, executive director and only employee of Irvco, LLC, the statement said.
An SCL is a home that serves as an alternative to institutional care for mentally challenged or developmentally disabled individuals through the Medicaid community-based waiver program. Irvco, LLC also was indicted on Medicaid fraud charges.
The indictment says Smith falsified documentation related to tuberculosis testing and first aid and CPR training in order to remain an SCL provider. Kentucky regulations require that SCL employees receive CPR and first aid training, and that SCL providers maintain documentation of each staff person's annual tuberculosis risk assessment, the statement said
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The "owner voluntarily terminated participation in the SCL program effective March 15," said Shelley Johnson, a spokeswoman for Conway's office.
The charges against Smith are Class D felonies and carry a potential penalty of one to five years in prison and a fine of $1,000 to $10,000. Irvco, LLC faces a potential fine of up to $20,000.