Lake Charles doctor sentenced in treatment scam

A Lake Charles doctor was sentenced to one year in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $878,000 in restitution to former patients and insurance companies who were bilked by the doctor’s practice of injecting a phony drug into patients while charging top dollar.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Haik also ordered Dr. Lynn E. Foret, 64, to serve three years’ supervised release once he’s out of prison. Twelve of those months in supervised release will be in home confinement, where he’ll wear an electronic ankle bracelet to monitor his whereabouts.

Foret was a doctor who, since 1976, specialized in orthopedic surgery.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said Foret pleaded guilty in August to defrauding his clients and insurance companies.

“From 2003 to 2009, Foret injected his patients’ knees with a steroid solution while falsely billing and receiving payments from Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance companies for a more costly drug called Hyalgan,” Finley said in a release.

Hyalgan is a costly drug used to treat osteoarthritis.

“This defendant used his trusted position as a physician to steal,” Finley said. “He lied about the treatments he administered and drained money from private insurance and federal programs intended for those in need who depend on heath care.”