Crab Orchard therapist indicted on fraud charges

Harold Tokle

HARRODSBURG — A Crab Orchard therapist has been indicted by a Mercer County grand jury for allegedly committing Medicaid fraud while providing therapy services to children with disabilities.

Harold Tokle, of 792 Slate Branch Road in Crab Orchard, "submitted false and fraudulent records for payment of therapy services" while working at Children and Family Counseling Services in Harrodsburg, according to Attorney General Jack Conway's office.

Tokle has been charged with one count of theft by unlawful taking of $10,000 or more; and one count of intent to defraud an assistance program of $10,000 or more.

Tokle claimed on submitted records to have provided more services to children than he actually did, according to Conway's office. "In some instances, he never provided the services," a news release reads.

Children and Family Counseling Services is "a program designed to provide residential and community-based services for Kentucky’s Medicaid eligible children who suffer from severe emotional disabilities and have complex treatment needs," according to Conway's office.

Tokle turned himself in at the Boyle County jail Tuesday and was being held on a $10,000 bond as of Tuesday afternoon.

A Mercer County Circuit Court employee said Tokle could be arraigned as soon as Aug. 13, but no specific court appearance has scheduled yet.

Theft by unlawful taking of $10,000 or more is a Class C felony and carries a potential penalty range of five to 10 years in prison.

Intent to defraud an assistance program of $10,000 or more is also a Class C felony with a potential penalty range of five to 10 years and a fine from $1,000 to 10,000.