From The Louisville Courier-Journal: Lawsuit: Bevin running mate got 'illicit' gifts from Medicare provider

By TOM LOFTUS

FRANKFORT – Gov. Matt Bevin’s newly selected running mate, Dr. Ralph Alvarado, was among the doctors alleged to have accepted “illicit" gifts while referring Medicare patients to a Lexington home health care agency, according to a lawsuit settled in 2015.

In the civil lawsuit, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said evidence showed Alvarado received $12,000 in campaign contributions between 2004 and 2010, plus two tickets to a University of Kentucky basketball game, tickets to a “Coaches Night” event, and an “Edible Arrangement” gift basket in 2010.

The contributions and gifts to Alvarado are mentioned in filings in a federal False Claims Act lawsuit against Nurses Registry and Home Health Corp. The case accused Nurses Registry, at the direction of former owner Lennie House, of defrauding the Medicare program.

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