Dr. John Verbovsky

John Verbovsky, already in prison, accused by two more women

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Published: 19 August 2017

Posted by: Debbie B. Hood

John Verbovsky was accused of trading drugs for sex by two more women. The former doctor is serving prison time for the same crime. The Sterling Heights man worked at Residential Home Care Inc. of Macomb and Wayne. A Wayne County woman sued him earlier this year. The Macomb Daily has not revealed the three women’s names.
Brian McKeen, the attorney whose firm represents the three women, said that he thought there was a common theme in the cases of all of them. He said that Verbovsky had allegedly acted in similar ways in all three cases – he basically traded drugs for sex in the case of each patient. The 68 year old is already serving 5 to 20 years in prison. He had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of medical fraud, one count of running a criminal enterprise and two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct in Ingham County Circuit Court (Lansing).
The two new women who came forward say that he was treating them at his residence when he behaved inappropriately with them. Last June, a woman from St. Clair Shores said he forced her into doing sexual acts with painkillers. This was found out as part of the Wayne Circuit Court lawsuit that she had against him. He was blamed for encouraging, facilitating and enabling drug addiction, even before their exchanges.
Verbovsky had his license revoked.
In 2015, Verbovsky was charged with 13 felonies by the Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office. The charges included conspiracy to deliver drugs and criminal sexual conduct. At that time, he operated two clinics: Progressive Family Medicine in Sterling Heights and Stout Family Medicine on the west side of Detroit. The metro Detroit doctor prescribed large doses of pain medication to two female patients, according to the criminal complaint. He did so in order to get them addicted to the drugs so that he could later force them to perform sexual acts if they wanted to continue getting the drugs from him. Pictures of one of the victims was found by investigators. It showed her gagged, bound and on her knees. The photos were on Verbovsky’s computer. He was also charged with writing many prescriptions for oxycodone to another female patient. He knew fully well that she would sell the pills. He did it because the agreement was that she would give him part of the proceeds after she sold them.
Schuette’s office asked for a bond of $1 million with regard to the case. Verbovsky turned himself in voluntarily in order to be arraigned. The AG’s office was looking for other victims in early 2015, even as the investigation was ongoing against him.
In October of the same year, Verbovsky told a judge that he would be remembered for the crimes he committed, and not his decades spent practicing medicine before that. The 67 year old doctor at that time faced nine counts of Medicaid fraud, two counts of criminal sexual conduct of the first degree and running and criminal enterprise. He faced 14 charges in all. However, a plea deal was reached between him and the prosecutors.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of medical fraud, one count of running a criminal enterprise and two counts of criminal sexual conduct of the third degree as part of the plea deal. William Collette, Ingham County Circuit Court Judge sentenced the doctor on all five counts with the sentences running concurrent on Wednesday. The largest of the sentences was 5 to 20 years in prison – for running a criminal enterprise. The other charges had sentences that 2 to 4 years, and 5 to 15 years in jail.
Before he was sentences, Verbovsky told Collette that he really didn’t know what to say. He said that people would only remember him for this. He also said that he was sorry for everything he did. He added that many members of his own family did not even speak with him at that time.
Schuette said that the predatory conduct that Verbovsky exhibited in this case was particularly deplorable because he had taken an oath that was professional in nature: to care for the sick. The AG added that he had damaged families and harmed patients. He said that Verbovsky would never practice medicine again and that his behavior was inexcusable. Schuette’s office conducted a months-long investigation on the case and finally prosecuted it.
A prosecutor with the Attorney General’s office, Dennis Pheney Jr. said that Verbovsky broke the public’s trust and that his actions were shocking. Pheney told Collette that Verbovsky was not healing. He was victimizing his patients, and not trying to help them, said the judge.
Pheney also added that Verbovsky had had his license to practice medicine permanently revoked in Michigan, on the 1st of October 2015.

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