Detroit, Michigan - A Detroit-area podiatrist was sentenced to 28 months in prison Tuesday for his participation in a $1 million scheme involving podiatry services that were billed to Medicare but were never rendered.
Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider of the Eastern District of Michigan, Special Agent in Charge Timothy R. Slater of the FBI’s Detroit Division and Special Agent in Charge Lamont Pugh III of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s (HHS-OIG) Chicago Regional Office made the announcement.
Lawrence Young, D.P.M., 70, of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Judith E. Levy of the Eastern District of Michigan, who also ordered the defendant to serve one year of supervised release following his prison sentence and ordered him to pay $337,907.31 in restitution to HHS and to forfeit the same amount. Young pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud in January 2018.
As part of his guilty plea, Young admitted that from approximately January 2010 through April 2017, he engaged in a scheme to defraud the Medicare program by causing the submission of false and fraudulent claims to Medicare for the application of an “Unna Boot,” which is a type of medicated dressing typically applied after surgery to control swelling of the leg or foot. Young admitted regularly submitting these claims for reimbursement even though he knew that his patients routinely received nothing more than a non-medicated dressing. The scheme involved the submission of more $1 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare, he admitted.
This case was investigated by the FBI and HHS-OIG. Trial Attorneys Tom Tynan and Steve Scott of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section are prosecuting the case.
The Criminal Division’s Fraud Section leads the Medicare Fraud Strike Force. Since its inception in March 2007, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, now operating in 12 cities across the country, has charged nearly 4,000 defendants who have collectively billed the Medicare program for more than $14 billion.