Doctor Charged in Over $120 Million Scheme

Doctor Charged in Over $120 Million Scheme

March 12, 2020

A physician who from 2016 to 2017 was the top prescriber of oxycodone 30 mg in Michigan was charged with an over $120 million health care fraud and money laundering scheme that involved the alleged medically unnecessary distribution of over 2.2 million dosage units of controlled substances and the administration of medically unnecessary injections that resulted in patient harm. He allegedly forced patients to submit to unnecessary and sometimes painful back injections and other procedures in exchange for opioid prescriptions as part of a scheme to defraud Medicare.

The superseding indictment alleges the laundering of the proceeds of the health care fraud scheme to falsely portray the defendant as a legitimate doctor through the publication of a diet book and plan described as the “next Atkins,” paid-for appearances on a nationally syndicated television show, and the sponsorship of boxers, cagefighters, and prominent Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) world champions and hall of famers.

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