Five Michigan physicians are facing felony charges after a joint investigation by federal and state authorities uncovered an alleged kickback scheme in which the physicians received illegal payments for referring their Medicare and Medicaid patients to a specific network of healthcare facilities.

Three nonphysicians (the owner, manager, and administrator of the healthcare network) have also been charged.

US Attorney Donald A. Davis and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced the charges as part of a joint investigation by the Health Care Fraud Division of the Michigan Attorney General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Office of Inspector General.

via Sting Nets Felony Charges Against 5 Michigan Physicians.