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Orlando eye doctor accused of $7 million in Medicare fraud

Orlando Sentinel, May 7, 2014
An Orlando eye doctor is behind bars, charged with lying to patients, telling them they were about to go blind, then defrauding Medicare out of $7 million for unnecessary and phony surgery and treatment. David Ming Pon was indicted April 24 on 20 counts of Medicare fraud by a federal grand jury in Jacksonville. Pon falsely diagnosed patients with macular degeneration, a progressive eye disease that can lead to blindness, and other eye disorders. He then performed laser surgery needlessly and provided unnecessary follow-up care, according to the indictment.