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Michigan doctor, others plead guilty in $8M kickback scheme

Authorities say a Michigan doctor and two associates have pleaded guilty to crimes related to an $8 million scheme that targeted members of the United Auto Workers and their health care plans.

Investigators say the trio targeted UAW insurance plans because of their high reimbursement rates

Investigators say the trio targeted UAW insurance plans because of their high reimbursement rates. (Marvin Fong/The Plain Dealer via AP)

Authorities say a Michigan doctor and two associates have pleaded guilty to crimes related to an $8 million scheme that targeted members of the United Auto Workers and their health care plans.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit announced Wednesday that Fenton Dr. April Tyler agreed to up to two years in prison this month when she pleaded guilty to violating a federal anti-kickback statute. Patrick Wittbrodt and Jeffrey Fillmore face longer sentences after pleading guilty to fraud.

Investigators say the trio targeted UAW insurance plans because of their high reimbursement rates. Their plan included medically unnecessary pain creams, patches and vitamins.

Federal officials say UAW members were told they could receive prescriptions free, but that led to theft of millions from their health care fund.

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