Beshear: Eastern Kentucky Eye Center Owner, Former Wife Indicted on Theft, Medicaid Fraud Charges

Couple allegedly submitted false billings to Medicaid for eye care services that were never provided

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 16, 2018) – Today, Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse announced the indictment of an Eastern Kentucky eye center owner and his former wife on theft and Medicaid fraud charges.

Optician Marcus S. Minix, 67, of Lexington and Amy K. Slone, 34, of Prestonsburg, have each been charged with one count of theft by unlawful taking of property over $10,000, a Class C felony, and one count of devising or engaging in a scheme to defraud the Kentucky medical assistance program of $300 or more, a Class D felony.

Minix and Slone were indicted by a Franklin County grand jury Tuesday, May 15.

The indictment alleges that in 2015 and 2016 false billings were submitted on behalf of Minix Eye Care, PSC, a company owned by Minix and formerly in Paintsville and Prestonsburg, for eye care services that were never provided but that were paid for by Medicaid.

Slone and Minix, who were married and working at the eye center at the time, are alleged to have withdrawn large amounts of money from the Minix Eye Care accounts where Medicaid payments were deposited.

Arraignment is scheduled in Franklin County Circuit Court June 8.

The Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse of the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Office of the Inspector General investigated this case. Attorney General Beshear’s Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse is prosecuting the case.

A charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The Attorney General’s tip line for reporting allegations of Medicaid provider fraud is 502-696-5405.