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.