Ky. clinic owner charged with fraud, smuggling

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Associated Press

Posted on March 21, 2013 at 12:02 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The owner of a central Kentucky clinic has been charged with health care fraud, mail fraud, misbranding and smuggling by a federal grand jury.

The grand jury this week accused Bluegrass Women's Healthcare owner, supervising physician and president, 45-year-old Canh Jeff Vo of Elizabethtown, of purchasing and inserting into patients foreign, non-FDA approved Mirenas, a long-lasting contraceptive device. Vo is accused of using devices that were misbranded in their labeling.

Vo is also charged with submitting false claims to the Kentucky Medicaid program and other insurers for the Mirena devices between March 2008 and September 2009. The grand jury says Vo bought and imported the devices from other countries knowing they were misbranded.

Court records did not indicate an attorney for Vo.

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