Court date for local doctor postponed until October - WNEM TV 5

Court date for local doctor postponed until October

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A local doctor facing federal charges was due back in court Tuesday but TV5 has received word that the case has been postponed until October 20. Dr. Gavin Awerbuch of Kochville Township was expected in front of a federal judge for a preliminary exam.

He's accused of defrauding Medicare by billing patients for procedures that were never performed and for giving patients unneeded prescriptions.

TV5 caught the raid of Awerbuch's office on camera. It is now known that undercover police officers posing as patients have been visiting his office since 2011.

That's according to a complaint filed in federal court.

In the document, Awerbuch is accused of writing unneeded prescriptions for patients and billing Medicare and other insurers millions of dollars for procedures that were never provided. The complaint also shows that Awerbuch prescribes a medicine that helps treat cancer pain, called Subsys, more than any other doctor in the country.

In fact, the complaint states that in a five-year period, Awerbuch collected six times as much money from Medicare for Subsys than the nearest U.S. prescriber.

The FBI says they are making copies of records for patients that call and request their records at (989) 892-6525. It will take about a month for those copies to be made.

However, if one of Awerbuch's patients has a doctor call and it's medically necessary to have access right away, it is working to expedite them sooner than a month.

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