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Foret sentenced to year in prison

Last Modified: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 2:36 PM

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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.”

Posted By: blaine On: 12/18/2013

Title: yup

Another story about a perp and no mug shot. Who decides if a mug shot is run with the story and WHY do you not attach a mug shot to EVERY story about crime?

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