Alleged Atty Conflict Delays Ky. Medicaid Fraud Case

Law360, New York (September 15, 2011, 6:33 PM EDT) -- A federal judge in Kentucky on Thursday put discovery on hold in a Medicaid fraud suit against a nursing home until a disqualification issue involving defense counsel's previous work as a prosecutor is resolved.

Prosecutors have objected to Kentucky nursing home Villaspring Health Care Center Inc.'s choice of counsel, Chris Melton of Weber & Rose PSC, who was an assistant attorney general. Melton, who worked in the Kentucky attorney general's Medicaid fraud office, had investigated Villaspring, the nursing home he now represents.

Though Villaspring accused prosecutors...
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