Local doctor charged with health care fraud



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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Lets have some more Obama care it is working so well. LOLOLOLOLOLOL

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 | Report this

Once again, another disappointing, one sided story printed by our local newspaper. I don't see where you reported the other side of the story for the public to read. It is not uncommon for a plastic surgeon to remove skin cancers and in fact, after having two doctors at another local clinic remove some from my arm and leaving lifelong ugly scars, I went to Dr. Nelson to have a lesion removed from my face. There is no scar whatsoever, thereby the reason I am glad I went to a plastic surgeon.

You should not make it sound like Dr. Nelson is trying to committ fraud by not filing proper papers. I believe in the end you will be printing retractions when the real story comes out.

Friday, November 12, 2010 | Report this

There is nothing to retract. This doctor has been charged with what we reported in the article. That is fact. The courts will decide whether or not the charges are true or false, not us. Our job is to report what happens, not to try the case. We are not the court system. We report the news, and the news is that this doctor is facing the above charges. There is nothing inaccurate with that, it came straight from the county prosecutor's office. It's public information, and you can check yourself if you'd like.

When the courts make their decision, we'll report that as well.

Eric Young

Managing Editor

Saturday, November 13, 2010 | Report this

Dear Editor, then this is a case that shouldlnot have been reported until all the information was in and the trial was over. Dr. Nelson is being tried unfairly by the media (your newspaper) and to most of your decent readers, it looks like nothing more than your way to sell papers. As mentioned by another comment, I too am wondering if you will be ready to print as large a story when Dr. Nelson is vindicated...I suppose not. Shame on you, go back to whatever big city you came from to report news in this manner. West Branch, although growing larger all the time, still wants to remain a small, close knit community with strong moral values and reporting stories that may or may not be true without all the facts just to sell papers is probably going to baackfire on you.

Saturday, November 13, 2010 | Report this

It is what it is, let the court system decide who is at fault, and stop trying to make excuses for her!

Sunday, November 14, 2010 | Report this

i would like to know why someone would be thinking someone would need to make excuses for her as you called Dr.Nelson those were not excuses they were facts the article said she HAD a practice she still has a practice!! so it was wrong in that alone!!

Monday, November 15, 2010 | Report this

I also wonder why she was singled out is it because shes one of the only female dr's?? make's you wonder she is one of the best dr's and the only one in this area that removes skin cancers maybe thats why she sees alot of patients?? just wrong!! THIS IS OBAMA CARE WITCH HUNT!!!..

Monday, November 15, 2010 | Report this

I'm confused. This is not meant to be inflammatory, however, I am unclear how Obama comes to play in this story. Hopefully Dr. Nelson will be asbsolved of the charges; hopefully she is innocent of them. This must be a difficult time for her, her family, and any staff who has lost income. Each one will be in my prayers.

However, I think the paper isn't guilty of anything either. They reported, as stated, public facts and did so in a brief article with no "fluff" or added opinion. I see no yellow journalism here. I believe our community remains close-knit and of good moral fiber which is excatly why this is a story: it is surprising to hear of such activity in our town. One can imagine that the story is being reported about a physician not a woman. Had this been a male physician, do you wholeheartedly believe the Herald would have turned a blind eye to it?

Good luck to Dr. Nelson and hopefully things will work out well.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 | Report this

"Wikinews" states "public facts" as well and we all know what their intentions are! It would have been simple (and responsible) for the editor to do some investigative work prior to publishing the article. If he had invested half as much thought as he did in his article demeaning a conservative talk show host with his insipid opinions, the original article might have been more informative and less inflammatory.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 | Report this

i agree with the Wikinews and obama comes into this because he orderd these so called raids! IN ORDER TO PAY FOR HIS SO CALLED OBAMA CARE SHUT DOWN SPEC.OFFICE MAKE PATIENTS STAY WITH PRIMARY CARE ONLY AND MAKE THE DR'S PAY!! TO TAKE CARE OF HIS MESS!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 | Report this

Wow, there are some people here who are really out of touch with reality.

I hear people defending the doctor because she's such a nice person. A lot of nice people do bad things. I'm not saying that she did do anything wrong, but how about we all let the people in the court system figure that out, and stop chewing out the newspaper for reporting the NEWS.

Seems too often the newspaper is catching the wrath when all their doing is telling us what is going on. The newspapers don't make the news, they just report it. If you think differently, maybe you should stop watching Sean Hannity and watch real news for a change.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 | Report this

Also, Wikinews is a citizen journalism site. In other words, anybody can write there. Most of the people who contribute are not trained journalists. Therefore, maybe you should find a genuine news source other than wikinews. Have you replaced your Encyclopedia Britannicas with Wikipedia too?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 | Report this

We know what Wikinews is, thank you. That's my point exactly! You might expect more deference from your so-called "professional journalist." I suspect those feeling wrath towards the local paper and in defense of Dr. Nelson are not the ones "out of touch..." Is it so difficult to understand that even if cleared of all charges that the damage has already been done?

Thursday, November 18, 2010 | Report this

You're right Macinswain, but what are you blaming the newspaper for? They're just doing they're job. Why are you not angry at whoever is responsible for the charges being filed? Seems to me, that's who you should be upset with. The paper didn't accuse her of anything. They didn't charge her. If they didn't report on this, then everyone would be going after them for that, saying Nelson was getting preferential treatment.

Do you want the paper to pick and choose who they write stories about based on how popular they are? I don't. I like the fact that they will cover a story the same way no matter who is being charged.

Thursday, November 18, 2010 | Report this

Now who's "out of touch with reality!" Do you truly believe this paper reports impartially??? Enough said...

Friday, November 19, 2010 | Report this

Give me an example of what you consider to be the newspaper showing any bias. "Enough said..."

Friday, November 19, 2010 | Report this

The way I am reading it, she is removing skin cancers, but is practicing as a dermatologist.

Is THAT what the charge is, that she is a dermatologist, but sent in charges for performing surgery?

I will tell you that I , PERSONALLY, have had skin lesions removed by her and she is terrific.

A woman I know had 2 skin lesions removed from her face with the results being NOT A MARK LEFT!

She is a fabulous doctor in my experience.

Friday, April 29, 2011 | Report this

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