Corbin dentist indicted in Medicaid billing case

A dentist from Corbin has been indicted in what investigators describe as a scheme to defraud the state Medicaid program by submitting fraudulent claims.

In an indictment handed down Monday, a Whitley County grand jury accuses Ronald Hungerbuhler of seven felony counts of devising or engaging in a scheme to defraud the Kentucky Medical Assistance Program valued at $300 or more.

He is accused of billing for oral exams on each of the Medicaid-eligible residents at Christian Health Care Nursing Home in Corbin but did not actually perform the exams, according to a news release from the state attorney general's office.

Hungerbuhler is scheduled to be arraigned at 1 p.m. Jan. 4.

If convicted, he could face one to five years in prison and a fine of $1,000 to $10,000 for each count.