Historic opioid fraud scheme reaches Kent County

 

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Two of six doctors charged in what may be the largest case of medical fraud and illegal opioid distribution in U.S. history have ties to West Michigan.

Six doctors who operated out of two Detroit area clinics are accused of bilking the government and private insurers out of nearly $500 million by unlawfully prescribing opioids more than 13 million times. 

“It’s really stunning at how large and complex this scheme really was,” said U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider. 

Schneider, who is based in Detroit, said the scheme was a bold money grab that made these doctors rich. 

“The defendants would keep the patients hooked on opioids. They would prescribe them opioids and they would become addicted and that way the patients would be coming back to the clinic,” Schneider said.

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