FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 19, 2019) – Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control announced today that a Marshall County grand jury indicted a couple on Medicaid fraud charges.
Last week, a Marshall County grand jury indicted Ray Dufay, 54, and wife Melissa Dufay, 51, previously of Calvert City, both on one count of Medicaid fraud, a Class D felony. The grand jury also indicted Ray Dufay on one count of theft by deception over $500, also a Class D felony.
The couple allegedly submitted fraudulent time sheets for health, safety and welfare services Ray Dufay was paid to provide for his wife that he did not perform totaling more than $300 in Medicaid losses. Ray Dufay also received more than $500 in payment from the Kentucky Medicaid program for which he was not entitled.
The couple will be arraigned on Sept. 24, in Marshall Circuit Court. If convicted, Melissa Dufay faces up to five years in prison and Ray Dufay faces up to 10 years in prison.
A charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The Cabinet for Health and Family Service’s Office of the Inspector General assisted Beshear’s office with the investigation of this case.
Since taking office, Beshear’s office has been committed to holding accountable those who seek to defraud the state Medicaid program.
Earlier this month, Beshear’s Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control announced it had resolved allegations of Medicaid fraud involving a former chiropractor who will pay $211,000 to the state for fraudulent claims to Kentucky’s Medicaid program.
Since taking office, efforts by Beshear’s Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control through civil settlements and criminal restitution have resulted in nearly $98 million in obligations to the state and federal Medicaid program, Medicare, Tricare, commercial payers and other entities.
To report allegations of Medicaid provider fraud contact the attorney general’s tip line at 877-228-7384.