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.