Addiction clinic operator charged with $3 million fraud

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A Pike County man who operates a number of addiction treatment clinics in Pike, Floyd and Harlan counties has been indicted on federal wire fraud and health care fraud charges.

According to the indictment, Eugene Sisco III, 35, of Pikeville, owns and operates outpatient clinics ASAP Addiction Treatment and Renew Addiction Treatment, as well as Renew Residential Treatment Services, doing business as Brookside, and drug testing lab Toxperts.

The indictment alleges Sisco required Medicaid patients being treated at his clinics to pay between $200 and $300 a month in cash, in addition to the amount Medicaid paid for their treatment.

The indictment further alleges that when the patients asked about the cash payments, they were falsely told that the payments were for services not covered by Medicaid.

Sisco allegedly collected more than $3 million in cash payments between 2016 and 2019.

Sisco remains free at this time. He is scheduled to appear before a judge by video on Dec. 7.

If convicted, Sisco faces up to 20 years in prison, and could be ordered to pay double the amount gained as a fine, as well as restitution.