Agents from the Indiana Attorney General's Office during the February 2013 raid on Dr. Paul Kelty's Corydon medical office.
CORYDON, IN (WAVE) – A prominent Indiana doctor found himself before a judge after allegations his illegal actions put patients in harm's way.
Dr. Paul Kelty appeared in Superior Court at the Harrison County Justice Center Friday after being indicted on 22 felony charges. The obstetrician and gynecologist is accused of over-prescribing medications, partaking in Medicare fraud, and sexually assaulting patients.
Harrison County Prosecutor J. Otto Schalk said the indictment followed a February 2013 raid of the Kelty's Edsel Lane office. Authorities collected boxes of evidence after pharmacies contacted the Indiana State Medical Licensing Board about numerous prescriptions signed by Kelty.
"Virtually all of his patients had been prescribed Hydrocodone," said Schalk. "Some patients were receiving a cocktail of Hydrocodone and Xanax and that combination of those taken concurrently is eight times more likely to result in an overdose."
In court, Richard Mattox, Kelty's defense attorney, entered a not guilty plea to the charges before asking the judge reduce Kelty's $200,000 bail.
"He's being charged with a lot of things he did not do," said Mattox, who requested Kelty's bail be reduced.
Mattox dispelled Kelty as a flight risk to the judge, citing a lack of funds after his assets were frozen by the state and a lack of prior convictions.
The judge complied, reducing Kelty's bail to $15,000 cash only.
A pretrial date has been set for August 5 and 1 p.m. A tentative trial date has been set for November 19 at 9 a.m.