Bowling Green doctor arrested
Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 12:22 AM By Deborah Highland Bowling Green Daily News
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Dr. C. Fred Gott (center) arrives Tuesday at the William H. Natcher Federal Courthouse. A federal grand jury in the Western District of Kentucky indicted Gott on a sealed indictment on conspiracy, unlawful distribution and dispensing of controlled substances-Schedule II, unlawful distribution and dispensing of controlled substances-Schedule III, health care fraud (upcoding), health care fraud (spirometry) and money laundering.
BOWLING GREEN – An investigation that began with a doctor’s office search and records seizure in February 2013 resulted in the arrest Tuesday morning of Bowling Green cardiologist C. Fred Gott, who practiced medicine in the community for three decades.
Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force detectives with the assistance of Metro Nashville (Tenn.) Police and the FBI took Gott into custody at 8 a.m. at an auto diesel college in Nashville where he is thought to be a student, task force director Tommy Loving said.
A federal grand jury in the Western District of Kentucky indicted Gott, 63, on conspiracy, unlawful distribution and dispensing of controlled substances-Schedule II, unlawful distribution and dispensing of controlled substances-Schedule III, health care fraud (upcoding), health care fraud (spirometry) and money laundering. The indictment was sealed pending his arrest.
The investigation began after Warren County Coroner Kevin Kirby alerted the task force about drug overdose deaths involving Gott’s patients, Loving said.
During its work assessing deaths in Warren County, the coroner’s office received calls from families and law enforcement regarding concerns about overdose deaths in general, Warren County Coroner Kevin Kirby said the day Gott’s office was searched in 2013. Overdose deaths here are attributed to prescription drugs. “Following that search and seizure of the medical records a lengthy investigation continued,” according to a release from the task force. “The DTF working with the United States Attorney’s Office, Kentucky State Police, Kentucky Office of the Attorney General, Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Drug Diversion Section and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Office of the Inspector General, Drug Enforcement and Professional Practices Branch concluded the aforementioned investigation.