A former Whitley County dentist has pleaded guilty to defrauding Kentucky's Medicaid program.
Ronald Hungerbuhler entered an Alford plea in Whitley Circuit Court, acknowledging that the evidence against him was likely to result in a guilty verdict, according to Attorney General Jack Conway's office.
Prosecutors alleged that Hungerbuhler submitted fraudulent Medicaid bills for dental exams he never performed.
Some of the fake bills involved patients who were dead or were hospitalized at the time, according to Conway's Office of Medicaid Fraud.
The billings started in 2003 and continued into 2009, totaling $16,000, state officials said.
Hungerbuhler received a probated one-year sentence and will repay the $16,000 to the state Department of Medicaid Services, according to Conway.
He already has surrendered his dental license and has agreed not to seek reinstatement, the attorney general's office said.