BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - Dr. Chris Steward was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison for obtaining controlled substances by fraud, for knowingly and intentionally distributing and dispensing controlled substances outside the course of professional medical practice, and for health care fraud.
Steward was a Cave City dentist and a nurse practitioner.
According to a press release, Steward pleaded guilty to conspiring with patients to acquire controlled substances outside the course of his medical practice to distribute and/or acquire prescription pills, mostly for his own use.
Steward also admitted that on June 6, 2015, he executed a scheme to defraud Kentucky Medicaid by writing a prescription for alprazolam for a patient without the patient’s knowledge or consent. That prescription was filled by someone other than the patient, without the patient’s knowledge or consent. That fraudulent prescription was paid for by Kentucky Medicaid.
At the time of sentencing, the United States moved for dismissal of a charge of identity theft and agreed to a sentencing range between 18 and 30 months of in prison.