- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A Lansing-area doctor who is a former state lawmaker has been placed on probation for making false statements to an insurer.

Judge Robert Jonker (YONK’-ur) gave a significant break to Paul DeWeese, whose clinic, NBO Medical, performed nerve block injections. Federal prosecutors wanted a prison sentence Monday.

DeWeese was required to tell Blue Cross Blue Shield that he had signed off on procedures performed by nurse practitioners. But he sometimes gave his log-in information to others. DeWeese has repaid $173,000 to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Separately, he agreed to pay $289,000 to the federal government to settle other allegations.

Prosecutors say DeWeese “ignored professional standards, dismissed a multitude of warnings about his medical practices and engaged in criminal fraud.”

DeWeese says he’s “deeply ashamed” of his actions.

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