Michigan doctor convicted of drug and health care fraud charges

DETROIT – A doctor was convicted by a federal jury in Detroit of 30 counts related to a $35 million controlled substance operation.

David Jankowski, a 62-year-old Bingham Farms man, faced charges related to his operation of Summit Medical Group, an alleged medical clinic formerly located in Dearborn Heights and Southfield.

According to the evidence presented in the two-month trial, Dr. Jankowski wrote unnecessary medical prescriptions for controlled substances such as Oxycontin, Oxycodone, morphine, hydrocodone and Xanax.

It was also discovered that he would prescribe controlled substances after receiving money from patient recruiters who brought patients to his practice.

Evidence showed that Jankowski also dispensed or authorized the dispensing of more than 1.7 million Schedule II (cocaine, morphine, hydrocodone (Vicodin), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), meperidine (Demerol), fentanyl, methamphetamine, Adderall, Ritalin) controlled substances to individuals outside the course of professional medical practice for no legitimate medical purpose in exchange for compensation.

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Jankowski also issued or authorized more than 800,000 Schedule III (ketamine, anabolic steroids, buprenorphine (Suboxone), codeine, and hydrocodone products mixed with aspirin or acetaminophen) controlled substances and more than 870,000 Schedule IV (alprazolamin ( alprazolaminXam), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan)) 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 drugs, instead, these substances were sold on the street to feed the addictions of opioid addicts.

Testimony and exhibits 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.

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Based on these fraudulent claims, Dr. 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 said: “The improper distribution of prescription drugs outside the normal course of 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 doctor is the vehicle for the illegal distribution of opioids.”

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.

“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 James A. Tarasca, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Detroit office. “Thanks to the diligent work of the FBI and our law enforcement partners, we are able to address this important aspect of health care fraud and continue our mission to bring to justice those who operate these criminal schemes.”

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