Kentucky Kickback: Bevin’s New Running Mate Tangled in Allegations of Medicare Fraud Scandal
Alvarado Allegedly Accepted Thousands in Gifts and Campaign Donations in Medicare Fraud Scheme
Well, that didn’t take very long.
Just weeks after Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin announced him as his new running mate, state Sen. Ralph Alvarado is under fire for allegedly accepting “illicit” gifts from a Medicare provider in return for referring patients to the provider’s facility.
The Courier Journal reported that Alvarado was accused of taking took at least $12,000 in campaign donations, University of Kentucky basketball tickets, and other gifts from providers like the Nurses Registry and Home Health Corp. According to the report, Alvarado was one of at least 24 doctors implicated in the alleged Medicare fraud scheme that landed Nurses Registry in federal court. Alvarado’s referrals reportedly resulted in over $440,000 in Medicare reimbursements to the Nurses Registry.
This type of scandal is extremely “on-brand” for the Bevin campaign. Bevin’s shady finances and fundraising practices have raised questions for years, most notably when he was caught purchasing a new home (for hundreds of thousands under market value) that had ties to a major campaign donor. At this point, the decision to add an alleged Medicare fraudster to the ticket shouldn’t surprise anyone.
“Not only is Matt Bevin the most unpopular governor in the country, this new report reminds Kentucky voters that he’s also the most corrupt,” said DGA Deputy Communications Director David Turner. “Kentucky is tired of being led by a scandal-plagued governor and his decision to run with Alvarado is a sign that things are not going to get any better.”