Gordon supports Health Department in face of allegations

CASPER – Gov. Mark Gordon said he “firmly supports” the state Health Department’s director amid allegations that a 2015 Medicaid fraud investigation was obstructed by various government officials, a charge that has been denied by those involved.

“The Governor firmly supports Mike Ceballos, the Director of the Wyoming Department of Health and his ability to administer the agency’s programs, including Medicaid,” Gordon’s spokesman, Michael Pearlman, said in a statement to the Star-Tribune.

Gordon’s statement comes less than a week after Mark Gaskill, the state’s former Medicaid watchdog, publicly accused a previous state attorney general and unnamed health officials of obstructing his investigation into health-care fraud in northwestern Wyoming. The state inquiry contributed to the criminal investigation of psychologist Gibson Condie, who pleaded guilty to health-care fraud in 2017. Three more men with ties to Condie were indicted in September on fraud and racketeering charges.