Drs. William Lawrence Siefert and Timothy Ehn were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Kentucky for allegedly being involved in a conspiracy “to illegally distribute opioids and commit health care fraud.”
The conspiracy that Ehn and Siefert were allegedly part of contributed to the opioid overdoses of at least six of their former patients, according to a Department of Justice press release issued Thursday.
Two Doctors Charged in Illegal Opioid Distribution and Health Care Fraud Conspiracyhttps://t.co/ZHiAWCiufA
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) February 25, 2021
Both Ehn and Siefert were working out of the Northern Kentucky Center for Pain Relief in Florence, Kentucky. Ehn was the clinic’s owner, according to the DOJ. (RELATED: Walmart Fueled Opioid Epidemic By Filling Illegitimate Prescriptions Regularly, DOJ Lawsuit Alleges)
Authorities are accusing the doctors of offering opioids to patients seeking drugs that did not need them. Ehn and Seifert also billed millions of dollars to Medicaid for “medically unnecessary urinalysis testing” for their patients.
Siefert and Ehn have been charged with “one count of conspiracy to unlawfully distribute controlled substances and one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.” Siefert was also charged with “three counts of health care fraud and 11 counts of illegal distribution of controlled substances.”