Feds accuse Cleveland doctor of fraud and money laundering
CLEVELAND, TN (WRCB) -
A local doctor faces a long list of federal charges including fraud and money laundering. Cleveland doctor 44-year-old Raymond Sean Brown was investigated by the feds and handed down a 35-count indictment this week.
A federal grand jury returned the 35-count indictment stemming from an investigation spanning four years by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
A federal grand jury in Chattanooga returned the 14 page indictment this week against Cleveland physical pain and rehabilitation doctor Raymond Sean Brown. He had already left for the day, when we stopped by his office on Peerless Crossing in Cleveland Friday afternoon, but his employees say he is going about his work as usual and were unaware of any developments in the case.
Dr. Brown is accused of fraudulently billing Medicare for Botox injections he did not give and got $7,482,968 in reimbursements between 2008 and 2012. He allegedly used that money to make payments to two different car dealerships.
Federal agents seized $6,579,517 from Dr. Brown's account at Athens Federal Community Bank, and $186,091 from Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union.
Channel 3 spoke to one of his patients off-camera who says he is a great doctor and considers him innocent until proven guilty.
If convicted, Dr. Brown faces up to 20 years in prison for each count of wire and mail fraud and up to ten years for each count of health care fraud and money laundering. Each count also provides for a fine of up to $250,000 and a supervised release up to three years.
Dr. Raymond Sean Brown is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga. His attorney has not returned our calls.