Dermatologist accused of dirty doctoring gets prison sentence

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A western Michigan dermatologist accused of using unsanitary practices that exposed thousands of patients to infection has received a 10 1/2 year prison sentence for insurance fraud.

Dr. Robert Stokes had offices in Grand Rapids and Greenville. A federal jury in April convicted him of health care fraud. Prosecutors say he overbilled insurers by about $2 million.

Ex-employees told fraud investigators that Stokes habitually reused sutures, hypodermic syringes and hypodermic needles on multiple patients.

U.S. District Judge Gordon Quist also fined him $175,000. Restitution will be determined later.

WZZM-TV says Stokes didn't admit guilt but told the judge he never meant to harm his patients.

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