The Scum Of the Universe

Corrupt doctor with money in his pocket

“Humans are the glory and the scum of the universe,” concluded the French philosopher, Blaise Pascal, back in 1658. Little of mankind has changed! We love, we hate. We help, we hurt. We reach out a hand to those in need, we use their weakness to benefit ourselves.  Man encompasses the extremes. Even the more revered people of society, like physicians, are not immune from this. Using the glory and prestige of their elite status as physicians, Dr. William Siefert and Dr. Timothy Ehn committed a multi-million dollar health fraud scheme using opioids as bait.

Siefert and Ehn orchestrated their health care fraud scheme through Northern Kentucky Center for Pain Relief, a pain clinic in Florence, KY. Ehn was a chiropractor who owned the pain relief center. Siefert was a doctor specialized in anesthesiology and employed by Ehn. These two doctors billed Medicaid for millions of dollars in the strangest way. By authorizing medically unnecessary urinalysis testing for their patients.

Siefertt and Ehn maintained the scheme by making it easier for certain patients to gain access to opioids, making it necessary to undergo urine testing. On a scale of one to ten, for a fraudster the level of pain is always going to be ten. Those screenings were typically performed on faulty equipment and the doctors ignored the results, along with ignoring the needs of their addicted victims. On March 23, 2023, Siefert and Ehn were found guilty of Medicaid fraud.

This scheme may have done more than aid in patient addictions or steal from the U.S. taxpayer. The opioid prescriptions written by Siefert and Ehn likely contributed to seven fatal overdoes among former patients. However, the doctors were never charged in relation to these deaths because it could not be established that their prescriptions were the cause. It certainly didn’t help though.

Great job with the investigation by Kentucky Medical Fraud Control Unit.

Today’s Fraud Of The Day is based on article “2 doctors convicted for unnecessary urinalysis testing scheme” published by Highland Country Press on May 2, 2023

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Dr. William Lawrence Siefert, 69, of Dayton, Ohio, and Dr. Timothy Ehn, 50, of Union, Ky., orchestrated their health care fraud scheme through Northern Kentucky Center for Pain Relief, a pain clinic in Florence, Ky. Siefert, a medical doctor, was employed by the clinic, and Ehn, a chiropractor, was the clinic’s owner.

Siefert and Ehn engaged in a scheme to bill Medicaid for millions of dollars in medically unnecessary urinalysis testing for their patients, which included urinalysis testing purportedly conducted on faulty machinery.

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Larry Benson, Senior Director of Strategic Alliances, LexisNexis Risk Solutions - Government

Larry Benson is responsible for developing strategic partnerships and solutions for the government vertical. His expertise focuses on how government programs are defrauded by criminal groups, and the approaches necessary to prevent them from succeeding.

Mr. Benson has 30 years of experience in sales and business development. Before joining LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, he spent 12 years founding and managing two software technology startups. During the 1990s he spent 10 years as a Regional Director helping to grow a New England-based technology company from 300 employees to 7,000. He started his career with Martin Marietta Aerospace working on laser guided weapons and day/night vision systems.

A sought-after speaker and accomplished writer, Mr. Benson is the principal author of “Fraud of the Day,” a website dedicated to educating government officials about how criminals are defrauding government programs. He has co-authored WTF? Where’s the Fraud? How to Unmask and Stop Identity Fraud’s Drain on Our Government, and Data Personified, How Fraud is Changing the Meaning of Identity.

Benson holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Albright College, and earned two graduate degrees – a Master of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Engineering from Lehigh University.