The owner of the Allure Medical Spa at Van Dyke Avenue and 26 Mile Road has been accused in a health care fraud scheme related to the new coronavirus, according to a 47-page indictment recently filed in U.S. Federal Court.
Dr. Charles Mok is charged with health care fraud and the conspiracy to commit health care fraud, according to the indictment.
A message to Mok’s attorney, Mark Kriger, was not immediately returned.
Allure was raided April 23 by members of the FBI, according to reports. The FBI, as well as the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, began conducting an investigation into Allure in April, according to the indictment.
According to the indictment, Mok is accused of committing variations of health care fraud dating back to 2018. Beginning April 14, authorities claim in the indictment that a witness told police Allure began offering high-dose IV vitamin C infusions to patients at risk of contracting the coronavirus and those who have already tested positive for the coronavirus.
The indictment cites Medicare data, statements, records and information from Allure employees throughout.
Detectives in the indictment claim that prior to and continuing during the pandemic, Mok “engaged in a scheme to defraud the United States through the submission of false and fraudulent claims to Medicare for payment related to the treatment of varicose veins.”
The indictment goes on to claim that Mok used the coronavirus pandemic as “an opportunity to bill insurers for Vitamin-C infusions fraudulently represented as COVID-19 treatments and preventative measures. In addition to billing for fraudulent medical treatments at ALLURE, MOK failed to observe appropriate protocols at the clinic minimize the spread of the virus.”