Podiatrist defrauds Medicare for nearly $14 million

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A Michigan podiatrist was arrested Thursday and charged with filing fraudulent claims for unnecessary foot surgeries and other services never provided, netting a whopping $13.9 million from the federal government.

Lawrence Young, D.P.M., of Bloomfield Hills, faces six counts of health care fraud in an indictment filed in the Eastern District of Michigan.

Young owned two clinics—Dearborn Podiatric Services and Georgetown Podiatric Services—from which he operated the fraud scheme from 2010 to 2016.

According to the indictment, Young would advise his patients that they required medically unnecessary weekly or bi-weekly shots and minor surgeries to prevent hammertoe, leading many patients to comply. The doctor also allegedly filed Medicare claims for other podiatry services that were never rendered.

Lawrence Young, D.P.M.

The false and fraudulent claims submitted to Medicare by Young were worth approximately $13.9 million.

The Medicare Fraud Strike Force, now operating in nine cities across the United States, was instrumental in the investigation. The force has charged nearly 3,000 defendants who fraudulently billed the Medicare program for over $11 billion.

The Department of Health and Human Services is working to increase accountability in the Medicare program and to decrease the number of fraudulent providers in the marketplace.

H/T: Justice.gov

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