A Port Huron doctor was arraigned on Medicaid and health care fraud charges Tuesday.
Demian Naguib, 50, was arraigned in 54-B District Court in East Lansing
on nine counts of Medicaid fraud, nine counts of health care fraud and
one count of operating a criminal enterprise, according to online court
Darren Bartnik, assistant special agent in charge for the
Detroit field office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service
Office of Investigation, confirmed Naguib was arrested Tuesday.
said HHS was part of the investigation that led to Naguib’s arrest and
arraignment. He declined to comment on details of the case.
Bitely, a spokeswoman for the state attorney general’s office, said the
case was charged by Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office.
said state statute allows the court venue to be in Ingham County when
charges are Medicaid-related. Bitely said the court system also is
closest to the Schuette’s office.
Bitely said Naguib is scheduled to return to court for a preliminary examination Dec. 17.
Further information on his charges was not immediately available.
May 2013, the Neurology Clinic of Michigan, for which Naguib was a
physician, was temporarily closed to accommodate an ongoing
investigation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the
state of Michigan Attorney General’s Office and Blue Cross Blue Shield
During the investigation, local and federal
authorities were at the clinic offices at Port Huron Hospital Medical
Building, 1231 Pine Grove Ave., interviewing people and gathering
Ginger VanNuck, a spokeswoman for McLaren Port Huron,
said Naguib hasn’t practiced in the office building since June 2013. He
relinquished his medical staff privileges from McLaren Port Huron in
Laura Cottengim, a spokeswoman for Lake Huron Medical Center, said Naguib does not have clinical privileges at the hospital.
In court records, the date of the offense is listed as May 17, 2010.
The Fort Gratiot man was given a $50,000 personal recognizance bond.
In court records, Naguib’s lawyer was listed as Kevin Bessant.
Calls to Bessant and Naguib’s office were not immediately returned.