Louisiana specialist pleads guilty to health care fraud
At a press conference outside a U.S. District Court yesterday, Federal Prosecutor Stephanie Finley reported that a physician has pleaded guilty of insurance theft that netted him nearly a $1,000,000.
According to Prosecutor Finley, Doctor Lynn E. Foret, age 63 of Lake Charles, routinely and deliberately over-billed Medicare, Medicaid and other insurance payors, over a seven-year period between 2003-2009.
Finley stated that Foret would pretend to inject the knees of patients diagnosed with arthritis, with an expensive medication called Hyalgen. In fact, he administered a less effective, less costly steroid. He would then falsely bill for Hyalgen and profit from the difference.
The prosecution was able to prove that, “During the time period outlined in the complaint, this doctor was illegally reimbursed $948,249.11.”
Foret, who could get 10 years in federal prison, had been an orthopedic surgeon for 35 years. His clinic was shut down in December, 2012.
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Before he made the decision to become a thief, Foret MD was actually known for more noble accomplishments. He graduated from LSU Medical School in New Orleans in 1975, and things were looking up.
He was a member of the U.S. Army Medical Corp in Hawaii, Texas and Missouri. He was the President of the Southwest Louisiana Med School Alumni Association and was affiliated with Christus St. Patrick Hospital/Center for Orthopaedics, as well as Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Lake Charles.
We at Medical Miscreants sincerely thank the following for their efforts in this case:
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, operated by the Louisiana State Attorney General; the FBI, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General, lead in the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly Uebinger prosecuted the case.
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