Southeast Michigan doctor pleads guilty to writing fraudulent prescriptions

Southeast Michigan has experienced a widely publicized spike in heroin overdoses in recent years and experts believe there is a strong correlation between prescription drug abuse, addiction and heroin use. Law enforcement and Blue Cross Corporate and Financial Investigations are working together in the interest of patient safety by combating reckless doctors who over-prescribe. 

In the fall of 2015, a Monroe, Mich., physician was charged with 11 felony counts of prescription fraud after it was alleged that he wrote prescriptions to several people who were not his patients. The fake prescriptions were for highly potent pain killers and psychiatric medications, which have a high potential for abuse.  An friend of the doctor would allegedly supply him with names of people who were not his patients and he would then write them prescriptions. Blue Cross helped with the prosecution with information about the doctor’s prescribing habits. The doctor eventually pled guilty to a felony charge of manufacturing a fraudulent prescription.  

In early 2016, the doctor was sentenced to jail time and paid fines and costs related to his crimes. Blue Cross was awarded restitution in the amount of $504.67 and he lost his ability to practice medicine.

We urge Blue Cross and Blue Care Network members who suspect health care fraud to call our Anti-Fraud Hotline at 1-800-482-3787 or to report fraud online, go to bcbsm.com/health-care-fraud.