- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - A southeast Missouri neurosurgeon and his fiancee are facing federal indictment in an alleged kickback scheme.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Cape Girardeau on Thursday announced the indictment of 46-year-old Dr. Sonjay Fonn and 44-year-old Deborah Seeger. Both face four felony counts.

Fonn and Seeger operate DS Medical LLC, which distributed medical devices and supplies to Fonn and his neurosurgery practice. Fonn and Seeger are accused of demanding exorbitant commissions from manufacturers of devices and supplies needed for spinal fusion surgeries.

The indictment also alleges that once DS Medical began operation, Fonn began using more spinal implants and performing more surgeries. Federal authorities say the couple used the profits to buy a home, boat and airplane.

Fonn’s attorney, Jim Martin, calls the allegations “unsupportable.”

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