August 07, 2020

Judge Upholds Physician's 45-year Sentence for Fraudulently Diagnosing Patients with Cancer

On July 10, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan entered an order rejecting a physician's argument alleging ineffective assistance of counsel. In 2014, the physician pleaded guilty for misdiagnosing patients with cancer and fraudulently billing insurance companies for $17 million. The physician diagnosed hundreds of patients with various forms of cancer, and then billed their insurance carriers and the government for needless chemotherapy treatments. The physician ran his own pharmacy, laboratory, chemotherapy dispensing suites, and radiology center to conceal the fraud. Noting the horrendous nature of the crime, the judge reasoned that neither his age (55) nor his medical history qualified him for compassionate release, and denied the motion to vacate, set aside, or correct his sentence. The physician has filed a notice to appeal the ruling.