Detroit Podiatrist Sentenced to One Year in Prison for Medicare Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTON – A Detroit-area doctor of podiatric medicine was sentenced today to one year in prison for a fraud scheme involving false billings to Medicare, announced the Department of Justice, the FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Dr. Errol Sherman was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gerald E. Rosen in Detroit. In addition to his prison term, Sherman was sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $300,000 in restitution. Sherman pleaded guilty on Nov. 22, 2011, to one count of health care fraud.

According to the plea documents, Sherman is a doctor of podiatric medicine licensed in the state of Michigan. Between January 2003 and December 2006, Sherman billed Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for a procedure known as an avulsion of the nail plate or nail avulsion procedure. Sherman billed for this procedure thousands of times, claiming that he had performed this procedure on hundreds of beneficiaries from 2003 through 2006. In fact, he had not performed the procedures billed.

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