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Michigan doctor charged with health care fraud

Posted: 1:41 PM, Jun 28, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-28 17:41:16Z

A Detroit-area doctor who wrote prescriptions for more than 2 million painkiller pills has been charged with health care fraud. Dr. Frank Patino appeared in Detroit federal court Wednesday. He was returned to jail to await a Friday hearing to determine if he'll stay locked up without bond.

Patino is accused of submitting claims to Medicare and Medicaid for health care that wasn't performed or wasn't necessary. The value of the alleged scheme is pegged at $112 million. He pleaded not guilty.