Ky. healthcare owner charged with health care fraud, mail fraud

LOUISVILLE, KY (KFVS) - Prosecutors say the owner of Bluegrass Women's Healthcare in Elizabethtown, Kentucky is facing various fraud charges.

Canh Jeff Vo, 45, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky was charged, in a 13-count federal grand jury indictment with health care fraud, mail fraud, misbranding and smuggling, according to David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

Vo was the owner, supervising physician, and president at Bluegrass Women's Healthcare between March 2008 and September 2009 when the alleged violations occurred, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office of Western District of Ky.

According to the federal indictment, between March 2008 and September 2009, Vo, with the intent to defraud or mislead, purchased and inserted into patients, foreign, non-FDA approved IUDs.

Prosecutors say the Mirena intrauterine devices or IUDs, were misbranded in that their labeling was not in the English language; and their labeling did not bear adequate directions for use.

Vo is also charged with health care fraud for reportedly submitting false claims for reimbursement from the Medicaid Program.

Vo is also charged with ten counts of mail fraud for utilizing the U.S. Mail, by receiving payment from the Kentucky Medicaid Program and private insurance companies for Mirena IUDs, which were not approved for sale in the U.S.

It is also alleged in the federal indictment that between March 2008 and September 2009, Vo received, brought and imported the IUDs, knowing that the product was misbranded and unlawfully introduced into interstate commerce from various countries, including from Canada.

Officials say if convicted at trial, Vo faces a maximum of 233 years in prison, a maximum fine of $3,010,000 and up to 3 years of supervised release.

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