A Michigan man who formerly worked as a doctor in the Southern Tier was indicted on seven counts, including providing false information about his employment and educational history, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reported Tuesday.
Fitzgerald A. Hudson, 52, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for providing false information, and an additional five years for criminal contempt.
Hudson is accused of lying about his background while practicing emergency and family medicine in Allegany County, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango. Mango said the false statements were made in an effort to become an approved provider for various health insurance entities and companies, including Medicare, Univera and BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York.
Hudson allegedly failed to report that he was dismissed from a residency program in 2003 for academic incompetence, terminated in 2008 from an Ogdensburg hospital for poor performance and failed to earn an undergraduate degree from York University in Toronto.
As the result of providing the false information, Hudson became an approved health care provider for the insurers and rendered medical services, prosecutors said.
The first six counts of the indictment name specific dates when he allegedly offered false statements. The last count alleges that he ignored an order in August by U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder Jr. not to bill Medicare for services rendered.
Hudson was arrested in Detroit and appeared in a federal court in Michigan. He is being held pending a detention hearing, authorities said.