Black lung association president indictedb

Thursday, June 30, 2005

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human services indicted the president of the Kentucky Black Lung Association in May, alleging she helped concoct a scheme that fraudulently billed Medicare for home respiratory therapy services. The indictment alleges the Black Lung Association sent coal miners to Dr. Raghu Sundaram for medical examinations. Sundaram would send the miners to J and J Medical, a Pikeville medical supply store owned by Otis Davis and secretly co-owned and controlled by Carolyn Sue Davis, for oxygen. Sundaram often signed blank prescriptions. Association president Carolyn Sue Davis later completed the prescriptions with false information, according to the indictment.