Last week, Dr. Lynn E. Foret, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Richard T. Haik to defrauding Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance companies out of about $1 million.

The court had charged that,in the six year period between 2003 to 2009, Foret injected his patients’ knees with a steroid solution while falsely billing and receiving nearly a million dollars in payments for using a much more expensive drug called Hyalgan.

Foret is, of course a very well known Lake Charles medical doctor who specialized in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Foret closed his practice last Devember.

Now, the one time very successful doctor faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, restitution, and three years of supervised release for the count of heath care fraud.
So far, a sentencing date has not been set.