A former Eastern Kentucky pain clinic owner pled guilty this week to charges he defrauded the Medicaid program. Dr. Lee Balaklaw was ordered to pay more than $140,000 in restitution and is barred from participating in all federally funded health programs for at least five years. I appreciate the hard work of my Medicaid Fraud division in investigating and prosecuting this case. Our commitment to combatting Medicaid Fraud have not gone unnoticed. In 2012, we earned the title of one of the most aggressive Medicaid Fraud Units in the country. For more information, please see our press release.
Also this week, I released a new video public service announcement. These brief video PSAs cover a variety of topics related to the work we are doing in the Attorney General's Office to make Kentucky a safer place to live, work and raise a family. This month's PSA is on our new "Faces of Prescription Drug Abuse" video series.
Visiting the backside of Churchill Downs this week reminded me of how wonderful it is to be a Kentuckian at Derby time. On Tuesday, I enjoyed catching up with more than a dozen radio stations from across the state taking part in the Kentucky Derby Festival's AT&T Morning Line at the Derby Museum. On Wednesday, I talked with Louisville TV and radio stations covering Dawn at the Downs about the work we're doing in the Attorney General's Office.
Churchill Downs and the Derby hold a special place in my heart. My family and I will always cherish the chance we had in 2010 to watch Stately Victor, the horse I co-own with my father, run in the Kentucky Derby. This was a dream come true and a fitting tribute to my childhood friend Victor Perrone, whose life ended far too soon.
This year, Elizabeth and I look forward to making new Derby memories with family and friends. My top pick for Derby 139 is Normandy Invasion.
Whatever your Derby tradition, we hope that you have a safe and enjoyable Derby weekend.