Monday, February 27, 2012

Pennsylvania dentist arrested for drug and Medicaid fraud


A report in the Observer-Reporter mentioned how one Washington County, Pennsylvania dentist, who allegedly prescribed more than 6,600 narcotic pain killers to seven patients, was recently arrested by state narcotics and Medicaid fraud agents.

Dr. Charles Kokoska, was charged by the state attorney general's office.  According to the criminal complaint, between January 2009 and October 2010 Dr. Kokoska wrote more than 300 prescriptions for more than 6,600 narcotic pain killers to at least seven different patients.

The prescriptions were written for the powerful prescription pain killers Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and Propoxyphene and filled at various pharmacies in Allegheny, Fayette, Greene and Washington counties. Kokoska also wrote prescriptions for Diazepam, a generic form of Xanax, commonly used to treat anxiety.

Dr. Kokoska is charged with seven counts of prohibited acts by medical professional and two counts of provider prohibited acts. He was arraigned before Brownsville Magisterial District Judge Joshua Kanalis and released on $25,000 unsecured bail.

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