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Patients frustrated after doctor charged with fraud

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Frustration is growing among patients as a local doctor remains under investigation for fraud.

Earlier this month, federal agents raided the office of Dr. Gavin Awerbuch, a popular neurologist in Kochville Township.

He's accused of defrauding Medicare, but now patients said they're the ones paying the price when they did nothing wrong.

"I feel like I'm being put under a microscope. I don't feel it's right. I don't think any of his other patients feel it's right that we have to be held accountable," one of Awerbuch's patients said. He wished to remain anonymous.

The Kochville Township neurologist is accused of defrauding the U.S. Government out of millions of dollars. TV5 got exclusive video of the FBI raid of Awerbuch's office earlier this month. Medical records were seized and some patients said they still can't get them back. Others said they have no way to get the medical help they need.

One of Awerbuch's patients said another doctor is working out of his office. The patient had an appointment scheduled for Friday, but when he arrived, the building was closed adding to his pain and frustration.

Awerbuch's patients said after they made a few phone calls they realized that a scheduling conflict was the reason behind the office being closed.

"I don't feel they should've done that. They should've probably called the patients that were scheduled to let them know it's not going to happen today," Scott Laframboise said.

Laframboise is another one of Awerbuch's patients. He said his prescription has almost run out and without more medicine soon his life will be difficult.

"Very bad withdrawals, you get very sick depending on how long you've been taking it and how much you take," he said.

Meanwhile the unnamed patient said he was told his visit would be rescheduled for next week. Even though that issue is resolved, he wants the FBI to release his medical records.

He said it's not fair so many patients are caught in the middle of a legal battle between his doctor and the federal government.

"We just want answers. And why don't the FBI give us those answers and get more people on this if they got to copy all of our paperwork and give it back to us so we can go to another doctor," he said.

Patients can call the FBI to request copies of their medical records at 989-892-6525.

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