Office manager for Hammond doctor faces federal charges
BY Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org February 7, 2013 5:42PM
Updated: March 10, 2013 6:10AM
HAMMOND — The office manager and roommate of a Hammond doctor faces federal charges that he illegally gave narcotic drugs to two people the doctor never saw.
According to a grand jury indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Hammond, Kenneth Robinson, also known as Ken Holiday, worked for the doctor, identified only as R, from February 2011 to August 2011. The two also lived together.
The indictment claims Robinson would often tell the doctor’s staff that he and the doctor were running late and that the staff should get patients “in and out” before the doctor arrived.
Although the indictment does not say why Robinson did this, it does say he would sometimes pay staff members $20 to $30 to do so.
Then on July 21, 2011, he told the staff the doctor would not be in but that he would fill narcotic prescriptions for patients. The indictment claims he did this for two Medicaid patients and then billed Medicaid for their office visit. It is illegal to use a doctor’s Medicaid information to bill for a visit not involving a doctor.
Robinson pleaded not guilty on Jan. 29. His trial is set for March 18.