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March 05, 2020

Physician Charged with $120 Million Health Care Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme Involving UFC Fighters

On February 26, DOJ charged Dr. Francisco Patino, a physician in Wayne County, Michigan, with unnecessarily distributing over 2.2 million dosage units of controlled substances, as well as administering medically unnecessary injections to patients. Dr. Patino allegedly operated numerous pain clinics and labs, illegally billing federal health care programs for prescriptions while receiving kick-backs for drug testing services, culminating in over $120 million in fraudulent funds. Additionally, DOJ alleged that Patino laundered the money at issue by entering into sham contracts to pay others on his behalf to sponsor Ultimate Fighting Championship athletes.