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February 26, 2021
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Scandalous Dr. Stokes
(2007-12-28)
(wgvu) - A western Michigan dermatologist
accused of using unsanitary practices that exposed thousands of
patients to infection has received a 10 1/2 year prison sentence for
insurance fraud.
Dr. Robert Stokes had offices in Grand Rapids and Greenville. A
federal jury in April convicted him of health care fraud.
Prosecutors say he overbilled insurers by about $2 million.
Ex-employees told fraud investigators that Stokes habitually
reused sutures, hypodermic syringes and hypodermic needles on
multiple patients.
U.S. District Judge Gordon Quist also fined him $175,000.
Restitution will be determined later.
WZZM-TV says Stokes didn't admit guilt but told the judge he
never meant to harm his patients.
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