|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||January 25, 2014|
Rockford Physician Arrested On Charge Of Healthcare Fraud
ROCKFORD-A local physician whose license was suspended this month was an ested last night on a federal complaint alleging healthcare fraud. Charles S. DeHaan, 59, of Belvidere, IlL, was charged with engaging in a scheme to defraud Medicare. The complaint alleges that as a pali of the scheme, DeHaan operated Housecall Physicians Group of Rockford, S.C., located in Rockford. The charge alleges that DeHaan submitted false claims to Medicare in December 2013.
In supp01t of the charge, the complaint alleges that between 2010 and 2013, DeHaan billed Medicare for medical services that he did not provide to at least five patients. Instead, DeHaan engaged in sexual misconduct with fom of these patients, all women, and offered or provided prescriptions for controlled medications, according to the complaint affidavit.
DeHaan appeared today before United States Magistrate Judge lain D. Johnston who ordered that he be held in custody lmtil a detention hearing is conducted at 2:30p.m. on Tuesday.
The charge of healthcare fraud canies a maximum potential penalty of up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and full restitution.
The charges were announced by Zacha1y T. Fardon, United States Attomey for the Northem District of Illinois; Robe1t l Holley, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of Federal Bmeau of Investigation; and Lamont Pugh III, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Regional Office of the U.S. Depa1tment of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General ("HHS-OIG")
The federal case was investigated by the FBI and HHS-OIG, with the assistance of the Illinois State Police Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The government was represented in federal comt by Assistant U.S. Attomey John G. McKenzie.
The public is reminded that a complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to indictment by a federal grand jury and, if indicted, to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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