The Chicago Syndicate: Dr. Charles DeHaan of Housecall Physicians Group, Arrested on Charge of Health Care Fraud

Monday, January 27, 2014

Dr. Charles DeHaan of Housecall Physicians Group, Arrested on Charge of Health Care Fraud

A local physician whose license was suspended this month was arrested on a federal complaint alleging health care fraud. Charles S. DeHaan, 59, of Belvidere, Illinois, was charged with engaging in a scheme to defraud Medicare. The complaint alleges that as a part 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 support 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 four of these patients, all women, and offered or provided prescriptions for controlled medications, according to the complaint affidavit.

DeHaan appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Iain D. Johnston, who ordered that he be held in custody until a detention hearing is conducted.

The charge of health care fraud carries 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 Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Robert J. Holley, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Office of Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Lamont Pugh, III, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Regional Office of the U.S. Department 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 court by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jolm 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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