DETROIT (AP) – Federal prosecutors in Detroit have filed a fresh batch of fraud charges against health care providers, including a podiatrist accused of billing Medicare for $700,000 in toenail treatments that weren’t provided.

Twenty-one people were indicted in a variety of alleged schemes to milk millions of dollars from Medicare. Most defendants ran clinics or offered home health care in the Detroit area and are accused of billing the government for bogus services.

Errol Sherman is a podiatrist in Oak Park. The government said Thursday that he committed fraud for at least four years. Sherman and his attorney declined to comment after they appeared in court.

Andrew Arena, the head of the FBI in Detroit, says Michigan is “closed for business” when it comes to health care fraud. 

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.
   (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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