October 25, 2014

Local doctor charged with health care fraud

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WEST BRANCH — A local doctor is facing felony charges after allegedly filing false insurance and Medicaid claims.

Doris Annette Nelson, 45, of Sterling has been charged with 12 counts of health care fraud filing false claims, four counts health care fraud filing false claims Medicaid fraud, and one count of intentionally placing false information on a chart, according to Ogemaw County Prosecutor LaDonna Schultz.

Nelson was arraigned in 82nd District Court Nov. 4.

According to Schultz, Nelson had a private practice in West Branch. Schultz said Nelson is practicing as a dermatologist, but her license is in plastic surgery.

Schultz said that the penalty for filing false claims, a felony, is up to four years in prison and/or $50,000.

Schultz said that Nelson is alleged to have filed false claims with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and under the Social Welfare Act through Medicaid, occurring from August to September 2009.

A pre-pretrial hearing is scheduled for Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. Nelson’s pre-exam will be Jan. 20 and 21, at 9 a.m.

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