By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — Dr. Lawrence Young, 70, was sentenced to 28 months in federal prison after receiving $340,000 from a Medicare billing scheme.
Young is a Bloomfield Hills podiatrist who also worked at clinics in Dearborn and Sterling Heights when he participated in the “$1 million scheme podiatry services that were billed to Medicare but were never rendered,” according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Michigan Judge Judith Levy sentenced Young for the healthcare scheme and ordered him to pay $337,907.33 in restitution to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Young will have to serve one year of supervised release following his 28-month prison sentence. In January, he pleaded guilty to the one count of health care fraud.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice press release, Young admitted that from approximately January 2010 through April 2017 he engaged in a scheme to defraud the Medicare program by filing false and fraudulent claims to Medicare for the application of an Unna Boot.
The boot is a type of medicated dressing typically applied after surgery to control swelling of the leg or foot, the press release said.
“Young admitted regularly submitting these claims for reimbursement even though he knew that his patients routinely received nothing more than a non-medicated dressing,” the press release read. “The scheme involved the submission of more $1 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare, he admitted.”
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected])