Judge sets November trial date for Sisco

Eugene Sisco III
Eugene Sisco III
Eugene Sisco III

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A new trial date has been set for a Pikeville man accused of fraud.

Eugene Sisco III, 35, was indicted last year on federal charges of health care fraud and wire fraud. He is accused of forcing Medicaid patients at his drug treatment centers to pay cash for services, even though their treatment was covered by Medicaid.

Prosecutors allege those cash payments totaled more than $3 million between 2016 and 2019.

Sisco had been scheduled to stand trial Sept. 7, but his attorney, Steve Owens, asked for a delay after his paralegal tested positive for COVID. Owens said the paralegal’s assistance is crucial to defense preparation.

U.S. District Judge Robert Wier ruled Tuesday that Sisco will now stand trial Nov. 1 — nearly a year after he was indicted last Nov. 18.