Eye Doctor Charged in Scheme
Ophthalmologist Dr. Michael Hochman, who owned and operated Michael A. Hochman P.A. and Laredo Laser & Surgery Ltd., has been indicted for health care fraud and money laundering. The charges allege Hochman falsely diagnosed vulnerable patients with ophthalmological diseases and various degenerative eye conditions. Hochman allegedly directed optometry staff to conduct fraudulent, repetitive, and excessive medical procedures on patients to maximize profits. Read a story from the Laredo Morning Times and a Department of Justice press release.