Doctor gets probation in federal insurance fraud case

Paul DeWeese served two terms in the state House representing Lansing area

Paul DeWeese
Paul DeWeese walks into federal court in Grand Rapids on May 5, 2016.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Lansing-area doctor who is a former state lawmaker has been placed on probation for making false statements to an insurer.

Judge Robert Jonker gave a significant break to Paul DeWeese, whose clinic, NBO Medical, performed nerve block injections. Federal prosecutors wanted a prison sentence Monday.

DeWeese was required to tell Blue Cross Blue Shield that he had signed off on procedures performed by nurse practitioners. But he sometimes gave his log-in information to others. DeWeese has repaid $173,000 to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Separately, he agreed to pay $289,000 to the federal government to settle other allegations.

Prosecutors say DeWeese “ignored professional standards, dismissed a multitude of warnings about his medical practices and engaged in criminal fraud.”

DeWeese says he’s “deeply ashamed” of his actions.