Detroit Podiatrist Charged In $13.9 Million Fraud

(DETROIT, MI) – A Detroit podiatrist was charged in an unsealed indictment for his alleged participation in a $13.9 million health care fraud scheme involving fraudulent claims for unnecessary foot surgeries and other podiatric services that were never rendered.

Lawrence Young, DPM, of Bloomfield Hills, MI, was charged with six counts of health care fraud in an indictment filed in the Eastern District of Michigan. Young was arrested on the morning April 13 and made his initial appearance before US Magistrate Judge Anthony Pattiof.

According to the indictment, Young owned Dearborn Podiatric Services and Georgetown Podiatric Services, located in Dearborn and Sterling Heights, respectively. The indictment alleges that, between January 2010 through 2016, Young falsely conveyed to his podiatry patients that they needed weekly or bi-weekly shots and minor surgeries to prevent hammertoe, which were allegedly medically unnecessary.

As a result, these patients returned to his practice on a regular basis every month for shots and minor surgeries. Additionally, Young allegedly billed Medicare for other podiatry services, such as Unna Boots, which were never given.

According to the indictment, Young submitted false and fraudulent claims to Medicare in the amount of approximately $13.9 million.

An indictment is merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Any patient of Dr. Young’s concerned about their treatment, or who needs access to his/her patient file can reach out to Nicole McGee, FBI Victim Specialist, at (313) 496-4348.

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