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Ohio surgeon accused of fraud

Those in Franklin, Ohio, may be surprised to hear about a spine surgeon near Cincinnati who allegedly caused his patients pain and suffering due to unnecessary surgeries on their backs and necks, including the spinal cord near the brain. According to reports, the doctor could face up to 25 years in prison if he is convicted of healthcare fraud and making false statements in matters of health care.

The FBI arrested the doctor on July 25 following reports from over 150 clients that included malpractice suits. The doctor has offices in Evandale, Ohio, as well as in Florence, Kentucky, and he is currently scheduled to appear in court on August 19.

According to one patient, the doctor fused her neck and a lower back surgery to reduce and eliminate pain in the region, but neither surgery was successful. These surgeries are known for the danger they present to the lower brain stem and spinal column.

The doctor has been working in the area since 1999, and his attorney has stated that the doctor never had paid anything on any previous malpractice cases and had never received any serious complaints from hospitals. The doctor is currently required to advise patients of the allegations against him before treating them.

If a judge does convict the doctor of fraud and false statements in medical matters, he could face up to 25 years in prison. Anyone considering surgery to repair injuries from a doctor's error or those who have faced trouble after a surgery should make sure to understand their legal options. In this case, public safety is the main concern.

Journal News, "Ohio spine surgeon accused of bilking Medicare" No author given, Jul. 26, 2013

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