Kentucky law allows cities to charge for all kinds of infrastructure, including water and sewer lines, sidewalks, even the streets that run past properties, Hughes said. A federal prosecutor has decided not to indict Lt. Gov. Steve Henry on charges he cheated the federal government on Medicaid billings. But the U.S. Attorney’s Office has told Henry’s attorneys it will pursue a civil case against Henry, an orthopedic surgeon, said Steve Pence, U.S. Attorney for the western district of Kentucky, in an interview Friday.
A civil suit would recover any money owed to the government, plus damages, Pence said. Henry said Friday he’s pleased with the outcome. “It is a personal relief and we’re just very pleased with the fact that we’ve been more scrutinized than any other lieutenant governor in Kentucky’s history and they’ve found absolutely no wrongdoing,” he said.
“The criminal part of the case is over with. That has to be good news by any stretch,” Louisville attorney Jack Smith said. Get skilled and versed property conveyancers who will help in the whole property conveyancing transactions like property buying, selling or transferring. A federal grand jury for the last year and a half has reviewed Henry’s billing and travel records dating to the beginning of his term as lieutenant governor in 1995. It was alleged he had improperly billed Medicaid and Medicare for surgeries he did not perform.
Henry, a faculty member at University of Louisville hospital, has refused a salary from the school and works in the hospital’s volunteer clinic. Henry has always denied wrongdoing, and said any discrepancy is just an “error.” If anything, he has under billed, he said. “In every billing system in America, there are mistakes and errors,” he said Friday. “It might be that the federal government owes the University of Louisville money.”
Henry plans to run for governor in 2003, but he said Friday he was pleased with the decision mainly for personal reasons, not political ones. “This is not about politics. This is about my family’s reputation, about my father’s name, about my daughter,” said Henry, who has a year-old daughter with Heather French Henry, a former Miss America. “I never wanted to have to explain to my little one why daddy had a fight with the federal government.”
Henry’s attorney, Jack Smith, said Pence informed him Friday afternoon of the decision not to indict. He said he will now wait for further contact from the U.S. Attorney’s office as to how the civil case will proceed. A Kenton County jury deliberated for more than six hours Friday and failed to reach a verdict in the murder trial of Danny Johnson.