Foret sentenced to year in prison

By Special to the American Press

A local doctor was sentenced to a year in prison and three years supervised release for defrauding Medicare, Medicaid and

private insurance companies out of nearly $1 million, federal court officials said.

Judge Richard T. Haik also sentenced

Dr. Lynn E. Foret, 64, to three years supervised probation and ordered

Foret to pay $871,948

in restitution and a $25,000 fine, US attorney Stephanie A. Finley

said in a news release.

Foret pleaded guilty to fraud in April.

From 2003 to 2009, Foret injected his patients’ knees with a steroid solution, while falsely billing and receiving payments

for the more costly drug Hyalgan, receiving reimbursements totaling $871,948, Finley said.

Foret, an orthopedic surgeon since 1976, closed his practice in December 2012, Finley said.

“This defendant used his trusted

position as a physician to steal,” Finley stated. “He lied about the

treatments he administered

and drained money from private insurers and federal programs

intended for those in need who depend on health care. The agencies

and prosecutors who worked in this case are to be commended for

their outstanding work in uncovering this fraud.”