Feds Charge Metro Detroit Health Care Providers in Massive Prescription Pain Pill Scam

Feds say Metro Detroit doctors conspired with pharmacists, patient recruiters to illegally sell one million pain pills.

The federal government is accusing several Metro Detroit health providers, pharmacists and people who recruited patients of conspiring to illegally sell roughly one million prescription pain pills on the street.

Earlier this week state officials estimated that deaths from drug overdoses have increased by 14% in Michigan.

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, Barbara McQuade, tells WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter that most criminal charges involving health providers are attempts to defraud the Medicare system.

But McQuade says that’s not the case with these indictments.


  • Quinn Klinefelter
    Quinn Klinefelter is a Senior News Editor at 101.9 WDET. In 1996, he was literally on top of the news when he interviewed then-Senator Bob Dole about his presidential campaign and stepped on his feet.