Lexington Abortion Doctor Out Of Jail

A Lexington abortion doctor accused of fraud is a free man after he bonded out of jail this morning.

Investigators say Dr. Hamid Hussain Sheikh performed abortions and then illegally billed the state.

The doctor spoke to 27 NEWSFIRST today with his side of the story.

The doctor says it's all a misunderstanding. The state calls it disguised billing, alleging Dr. Hamid Hussain Sheikh, a long time Lexington abortion doctor, was falsely collecting payments from Medicaid.

A Franklin County grand jury indicted the doctor yesterday. Today he bonded out of jail and talked to us at his Lexington office.

He says he did nothing wrong, billing for office visits and ultra-sounds as he's allowed.

The state, however, says Dr. Sheikh was actually billing for a lot more, and charging the state for abortions.

Dr. Sheikh's says his Lexington clinic will remain open and he will continue to see patients until ordered otherwise.

The four-count indictment accuses the doctor of billing patients for abortions, as well as billing medicaid for the abortions that he reported as fetal ultrasounds.

If convicted, Dr. Sheikh could face up to 20 years in prison and a 10-thousand dollar fine.A Lexington doctor, charged with falsely billing the state for abortions he performed in his office, is out of jail.

AP Story

By ROGER ALFORD
Associated Press Writer

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky doctor has been jailed on charges that he falsely billed the state for abortions he performed in his Lexington office.

Dr. Hamid Hussain Sheikh was lodged in the Franklin County Detention Center on Tuesday, said Corey Bellamy, a spokesman for the state attorney general's office. The arrest came less than a week after Sheikh was named in a sealed indictment that charged him with Medicaid fraud.

Sheikh was being held on a $3,000 cash bond. Court records didn't list an attorney for him, and his office was closed on Tuesday.

"Medicaid has a series of regulations and protections in place so it does not pay for any abortion procedures except when the mother's life is in danger or if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest," said Deputy Attorney General Pierce Whites.

The four-count indictment accuses Sheikh, 62, of billing Medicaid for abortions that he falsely reported as fetal ultrasounds.

A Franklin County grand jury concluded that Sheikh had engaged in the scheme since 2004.

In addition to falsely billing Medicaid, the indictment also charged that Sheikh double-billed for the procedures, accepting payments directly from his patients as well.

Investigators from the attorney general's office became suspicious when they reviewed computerized information from claims forms that showed Sheikh was prescribing drugs typically used following abortions, Whites said.

"It's a new way to use technology to safeguard the public," Whites said.

If convicted, Sheikh faces up to 20 years in prison.

Sheikh is scheduled for arraignment in Franklin County circuit court on Nov. 30.

Whites said investigators will forward their findings to the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure for possible action.

Investigators described "deplorable sanitary conditions" in the office where Sheikh performed the abortions.

That finding also will be forwarded to the Board of Medical Licensure, Whites said.

Beth Crace Fisher, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, said the Medicaid program pays for less than 10 abortions a year - and only under the conditions that Whites described.

"Medicaid fraud is something the cabinet takes very seriously," Fisher said. "We're dedicated to identifying all cases of waste, fraud and abuse."

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by tiffany Location: ky on Apr 23, 2011 at 07:15 AM
    FOR ONE, THE CASE ISN'T ABOUT ABORTIONS.. SECONDLY, THE BIBLE SAYS ALL SIN IS THE SAME.. SO HAVING A BABY OUT OF WEDLOCK IS JUST AS MUCH SIN AS ABORTION, HOW ARE YOU TO TELL SOMEONE WHAT THEY CAN'T DO WITH THEIR KID.. DO YOU STILL FEEL IT'S WRONG IF THE WOMAN'S HEALTH IS AT RISK? AND LAST, A FETUS IS NOT A BABY SWEETIE, IT'S AN EMBRYO.. IT'S NOT A BABY UNTIL IT CAN SURVIVE ON IT'S OWN. OUTSIDE THE WOMB.. SO KILL ALL THE RELIGIOUS TALK. I'M A CHRISTIAN.. AND ALL THE SINS IN THE WORLD ARE FORGIVEN.
  • by anne Location: harlan on Nov 27, 2007 at 05:07 AM
    There could be a lot of medicaid and medicare fraud cases going on in Kentucky with other physicians and are missed. I wonder how this particular Dr.'s staff got an abortion precerted by medicaid in the first place. They would have had to diagnose it as another problem. I am in the health care field and precert many proceedures through medicaid and other insurance companies and believe me medicaid would not approve an abortion just for birth control or any other issues unless in emergency situations. It is hard enough to get an MRI or CT Scan for someone who really needs it. So go figure! Something had to have been covered up somewhere if he was doing abortion proceedures. That is if this is what it's all about.
  • by johnny Location: eastern ky on Nov 27, 2007 at 04:22 AM
    to the ones that says the doctor is from far eastern ky.dum as\\ he is from the eastern country,as far as i know we dont have abortions clinics in harlan bell or letcher county.so how many do you have in richmond an lexington
  • by jude Location: eastern kentucky on Nov 26, 2007 at 01:54 PM
    All of the comments made about this are all very intelligent and difference of opinions. I am sort of "don't know how to feel about abortion." I do not think it should be a choice for birth control and I do think about the florida case of Jessica Lunsford and John Couey. If Jessica had lived and maybe had become pregnant at that young age by such a monster. Yes she should have been able to abort or morning after pill. God it wasn't that simple as to what happened to her. As for the death penalty...Give it to John Couey or any other pervert that would do something like that. As for the abortion issue what would you think about that if it happened to another child that lived became pregnant and what her life would have been like. If it is considered murder then why doesn't the mother carrying the child and elected to have an abortion be charged with murder? I cannot argue with anything here because I do not know what I'd do in a rape case. All I do know is that God will judge.
  • by Amy Location: Lexington on Nov 26, 2007 at 10:34 AM
    This is not an abortion issue. This is an issue of this dr. stealing money from patients and medicare by double billing. He was charging the state for ultrasounds, as well as charging the patients $400 for the abortion which is supposed to include the ultrasound. No matter what you think of abortion, it is a surgical procedure and an ultrasound is needed to determine that it is a normal pregnancy before anything further can be done. Medicare will not cover an ultrsound for abortion unless incest or rape can be proven and these cases are few and far between in comparison to the number of women who have them because of unplanned pregnancy. The state is involved b/c he illegally charged medicare for these ultrasounds for a pregnancy that was intended to be terminated from the start, which is illegal, abortion is not. His crime is fraud, if you comment about anything otherwise you are just falling into the trap he has set for the public who is prochoice to come to his defense.
  • by disgusted Location: Ky on Nov 26, 2007 at 08:39 AM
    This is my last post on this subjuect.I'm not trying to change your minds,people.I'm only stating the truth.Jeannie,You are judging me without even knowing me.I was in a union,I am for min.wage,and I am against abortion-for JHR-I do have a teen daughter,she's been raised with morals.If she got raped,I still say it's not the baby's fault,and we would NOT kill it.It would have the best life my family could give it,and that baby would know it was a product of rape,and it would also know we still love it anyways,because GOD HAS A PURPOSE FOR THIS CHILD,OR IT WOULD NEVER HAD BEEN CONCIEVED IN THE FIRST PLACE!Cindy,my head is not stuck in the sand,or up my a**,as you started to put.I see VERY CLEARLY that killing babies is wrong,no matter how you look at it.Just so all you people calling me 'a religious person',you need to know that I am not 'religious'.Some things are simple common sense.I'm not judging...just stating FACTS.
  • by Cindy Location: Somerset on Nov 26, 2007 at 03:12 AM
    Disgusted, if you think war only kills adults you have your head stuck in....the sand. You religious people always forget the "do not judge" part, just pick and choose dear. This man is NOT in trouble for abortions though.
  • by J Location: Kentucky on Nov 25, 2007 at 04:27 PM
    AMEN!! Mel from Lex...I concur!
  • by steve on Nov 25, 2007 at 02:12 PM
    Yea mary the only reason that abortion is legal because it was appointed by a bunch of pointed headed liberal judges and it was not even voted on by the peaple of the united states this is the reason i despise liberals look it up for yourself if you dont beleive me.
  • by JHR Location: Lexington on Nov 25, 2007 at 08:37 AM
    Although I am against abortion that is used for birth control, I do not think that children or women that are raped should have to be *forced* to have the baby. They should take the morning after pill as soon as possible, and if that doesn't work then they should abort as early as possible. To all you that think this is "murder"... Think of it this way: IF your wife or young daughter was raped, would you want them to be forced to have the child? What kind of a life would that child have, knowing he/she was conceived out of such hate and violence?

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