Corporate Compliance

Civil case could mean another $2.4 million in fines for Michigan dermatologist

Compliance Monitor, July 30, 2008

Former Michigan dermatologist Robert Stokes could be facing more fines for submitting false claims to Medicare. The government alleges Stokes upcoded certain procedures in order to get more reimbursement money from the Medicare program.
 
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is suing Stokes for $2.4 million in an upcoming civil suit, according to an article in The Grand Rapids Press.
 
Stokes was found guilty for the same charges in criminal court. On December 27, 2007, he was convicted on 31 counts of healthcare fraud. Stokes was sentenced to 126 months in prison and was also ordered to pay over $175,000 in fines.
 
Federal prosecutors have offered Stokes a $1.49 million settlement, but Stokes is unlikely to take the deal because he plans to appeal his criminal conviction.
 
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