A doctor who once ran Summit Medical Group, located at 8560 Silvery Lane Ste 202, in Dearborn Heights was recently convicted of thirty counts related to the illegal distribution of Schedule II, III and IV controlled substances and health care fraud. .
David Jankowski, 62, of Bingham Farms, operated the pharmacies in Dearborn Heights and Southfield where the crimes allegedly occurred.
Based on these fraudulent claims that were tallied at trial, Jankowski received more than $29.3 million from auto and private insurance companies and more than $6 million from Medicare and Medicaid.
United States Attorney Dawn N. Ison, along with James A. Tarasca, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Detroit Field Office and Mario Pinto, Special Agent in Charge, US Department of Health and Human Services United States – The Office of the Inspector General announced the sentences, following a months-long trial that began in March and ended this week.
Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 15 in Detroit.
“Physicians and other medical providers engaged in prescribing opioids for profit put patients at risk and underscore the importance of this investigation,” Pinto said. “In cooperation with our law enforcement partners, we will continue to work to protect beneficiaries and investigate fraudulent behavior related to our federal health care programs.”
According to evidence presented at trial, Jankowski wrote unnecessary prescriptions for controlled substances such as Oxycontin, Oxycodone, morphine, hydrocodone and Xanax.
He also prescribed controlled substances after receiving money from patient recruiters who brought patients to his practice. Evidence showed that Jankowski dispensed or authorized the dispensing of more than 1.7 million Schedule II controlled substances to individuals outside the course of professional medical practice and for no legitimate medical purpose in exchange for compensation.
“This defendant took advantage of vulnerable patients and the health care system by prescribing and billing for unnecessary prescription medications. In doing so, he violated his oath to do no harm and defrauded health care insurance programs. This type of crime puts patients at risk and makes medical care more expensive for all of us,” said Tarasca. “Thanks to the hard work of the FBI and our law enforcement partners, we are able to address this issue significant health care fraud and continue our mission to bring to justice those who operate these criminal schemes.”
As part of this scheme, Jankowski also released or authorized the release of more than 800,000 Schedule III controlled substances and more than 870,00 Schedule IV controlled substances. Evidence also showed that Jankowski used his access to controlled substances to lure patients into his health care fraud scheme.
Patients were drawn to his practice by the easy access to controlled substances. Many of these patients did not need medication. Instead, controlled substances were sold on the street to feed the addictions of opioid addicts.
Trial testimony and evidence showed that Jankowski then submitted false and fraudulent insurance claims asserting that he had provided the necessary treatment to these patients. Claims were submitted to Michigan auto insurance companies, private health care insurers, Medicare and Medicaid.
Jankowski was convicted of thirty of the thirty-two counts he was charged with and faces a maximum statutory sentence of 20 years in federal prison.
“The improper distribution of prescription drugs outside the course of ordinary medical practice causes significant harm. It is in everyone’s best interest to keep these highly addictive substances off the street, and it is especially troubling when a trusted physician is the vehicle for the illegal distribution of opioids,” Ison said. “My office is committed to stemming the tide of opioid addiction and the resulting toll on families in the Eastern District. Law enforcement investigators are aggressively investigating health care fraud and uncovering physician abuse, and we hope that prosecutions like this one will deter medical professionals from illegally distributing controlled substances and stealing taxpayer funds.”