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White collar crimes: Doctor accused of Medicare Fraud

People in Michigan might be interested in a case that was recently filed by federal prosecutors in another state. It is one of many cases in which medical professionals are accused of committing white collar crimes. A doctor faces Medicare fraud charges under the False Claims Act. Prosecutors allege the defendant risked the lives of patients while he also submitted false claims.

According to court documents, the doctor performed chelation as an anti-aging therapy and to treat high blood pressure as well as to stimulate the growth of bone and prevent of cancer. Although the suit claims he made false diagnoses of lead poisoning in order to perform chelation therapy, the defendant denies the allegation. He claims the treatment improves vision and energy and reduces headaches while it rids the body of excess heavy metals and brings about overall well-being.

The government alleges that the doctor submitted about 4,500 Medicare claims for chelation therapy that was not medically necessary, for which, he collected approximately $1.5 million. Prosecutors further allege the defendant convinced his patients of the need for chelation treatment based on unreliable and discredited urine tests used for diagnosis. They seek triple damages, interest, civil penalties and disgorgement of profits.

Anyone who faces white collar crimes allegations or charges in Michigan might find the best strategy is to secure the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. White collar crimes are typically complicated and can threaten one's career. A lawyer whose skills include both litigation and resolving cases discreetly to protect reputations and careers can be an invaluable asset.

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