Indictment unsealed in federal court charging 6 Detroit area doctors with running $500 million opioid scheme

DETROIT (CCN) — An indictment unsealed Thursday in Detroit's U.S. District Court revealed felony charges against six doctors across Metro Detroit. They are accused of running a $500 million opioid scheme. Dr. Rajendra Bothra, 77, of Bloomfield Hills is a well-known surgeon, philanthropist and politician who owns two clinics at the center of the case that the government has described as one of the largest health care scams in US history. His clinics are located in Warren and in Eastpoite. The others charged with Dr. Bothra were  Dr. Eric Backos, 65, of Bloomfield Hills, Dr. Ganiu Edu, 50, of Southfield, Dr. David Lewis, 41, of Detroit, Dr. Christopher Russo, 50, of Birmingham and Dr. Ronald Kufner, 68, of Ada. The indictment alleges that the six doctors cheated Medicare and Medicaid between 2013 and 2018 by illegally prescribing more than 13 million doses of prescription pain pills to help fuel America's opioid addiction to supply a wide variety of addictive pills to patients just to enrich themselves, including Oxycontin, Percocet, Opana, Victodin and Dilaudid.

CMU selects UM receivers coach Jim McElwain as new leader of its football program to replace Bonamego

MOUNT PLEASANT (CCN) — Central Michigan University wasted no time introducing their new head football coach to the Chippewa nation. Officials held a press conference Monday on CMU's campus to announce that Jim McElwain is already on the job. He was announced as the school's 29th head football coach on Sunday and met the media during an 11 am Monday press conference. He revealed that Michigan Wolverines' Coach Jim Harbaugh answered his phone call Sunday by yelling, "Fire up Chips!" McElwain was making the call to let Harbaugh know he wouldn't be going to the bowl game with the Wolverines. Harbaugh hired him as the team's wide receivers coach this season.  READ MORE

A second funeral, then burial at Presidential Library at Texas A&M for 41st US President George H.W. Bush

HOUSTON (VOA) —  The family of George Herbert Walker Bush celebrated the life of the 41st U.S. president at a funeral service in his home church Thursday in Houston, Texas, before transporting his remains on a train to his final resting spot. Bush's friend of 60 years, former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, told 1,200 mourners at St. Martin's Episcopal Church that Bush "had the courage of a warrior, but the greater courage of a peacemaker."

Baker said Bush, in office in 1991 at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall separating democratic West Germany from communist East Germany, understood that humility toward a fallen adversary "is the very best path."


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