Corporate Compliance

Detroit doctor sentenced to 16 years in jail for Medicare fraud

Compliance Monitor, October 31, 2007

A Detroit doctor was found guilty on 80-counts of healthcare fraud. Dr. Zack Brown allegedly submitted more than 80,000 false claims to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, totaling more than $2.5 million. Brown told subscribers that he would split the money with them if they would allow him to falsely bill in their name.

He was sentenced to 16 years in prison, followed by a 3-year term of supervised release, and has to pay more than $1 million in restitution to Medicare.

"Healthcare fraud on a grand scale will result in serious prison time . . . When a doctor submits thousands of false claims to a health insurance company, it imposes terrible costs on the system, not only in paying fabricated medical bills for non-existent treatment, but also in dealing with the mess the scheme has left behind," said U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Murphy.

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