A Rockford area doctor accused of inappropriate conduct with his elderly patients get let out on bond. Right now Dr. Charles DeHaan is only facing medicare fraud charges.
There are two separate cases against Dr. Charles DeHaan. One involves his medical license. The other one and the reason he was in court today was over Medicare fraud charges.
The FBI and U.S. Health and Human Services Department have been investigating DeHaan's business, Housecall Physicians Group in Rockford. They say the 59-year-old doctor was operating a scheme to defraud medicare. He allegedly submitted false claims to the program.
In a separate case before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations his medical license has been temporarily suspended and the board is consider whether to make that permanent.
He is accused of sexually abusing 5 patients. The oldest 84, the youngest a 55-year-old disabled woman. DeHaan is also alleged to have given multiple prescriptions to a patient he never examined or evaluated.
His attorney says when they enter a plea it will be not guilty.
"We will be fighting to get back his medical license as well as to clear his name in these charges," says Debra Schafer.
DeHaan is out on bond to the custody of his wife. The judge set restrictions against him. DeHaan is not allowed in any medical facilities including assistant living homes. He can only go to a hospital if he is sick or injured or is visiting a family member or friend. His travel is also restricted to northern Illinois, northern Indiana and western Michigan. His mom lives in a assisted living facility there and he travels there to help in her care.
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