Dr. Lois Butler-Jackson was sentenced to 18 months probation for committing a legal act in an illegal manner and health care fraud. She faced up to five years in prision for each of the charges. Butler-Jackson said the sentence was “a shock” and that she was still unclear as to what activity she had performed that was illegal.
Butler-Jackson told Judge Druzinski in Macomb Circuit Court, “I still don’t understand the nuance of it.” Prosecutors claim she failed to establish a bona fide doctor-patient relationship with the ill individuals she certified. Butler-Jackson claims her actions were determined to be legal per her attorneys; she claims to have evaluated patient medical records and maintains her innocence.
During the four-day trial, prosecutors outlined the operating agreement whereby Butler-Jackson sold signed certification papers for $100 to a middleman, Brian Deloose, who then sold them for $250 each through a certification center located in an appliance store in Warren. Undercover officers purchased the recommendations from Delose without ever seeing the physician. A jury convicted Butler-Jackson of the crimes she was sentenced to.
This prosecution was a joint operation of the Macomb County Prosecutor’s office, represented by Assistant Prosecutor William Dailey and the Michigan Attorney General’s Office, represented by First Assistant Attorney General William Rollstin.
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