Podiatrist charged with $13.9 Million in Medicare fraud over unnecessary foot surgeries

Lawrence Young, D.P.M a Detroit podiatrist has been charged with participating in a $13.9 million healthcare fraud scheme in which he is accused of performing unnecessary foot surgeries on patients.

Prosecutors unsealed an indictment Thursday revealing that , Young has been charged with six counts of healthcare fraud, says the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Young is accused of making fraudulent claims for unneeded foot surgeries and other podiatric services that he never delivered. According to the indictment, Young owned two Michigan practices, Dearborn Podiatric Services and Georgetown Podiatric Services.

Between 2010 and 2016, prosecutors say Young falsely told patients they needed weekly or biweekly shots and minor surgeries to prevent hammertoe. As a result, patients returned to his practice on a regular basis each month for the unnecessary treatments. The indictment indicated he also billed Medicare for other podiatry services, such as Unna boots, which he never gave to patients.

Jeffrey Newman represents whistleblowers