KRON / Washington County Sheriff's Office
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- (WPTV) -- Dr. Gary Marder in Port St. Lucie has agreed to pay up to $18 million to reimburse the government for Medicare payments on patients who were not ill.
Prosecutors allege that Dr. Marder falsely diagnosed patients with skin cancer and put them through medically unnecessary radiation treatments, pocketing millions from the insurance companies.
Gloria Strumalo from Port St. Lucie was one of his patients.
She went to Dr. Marder's office for a checkup and was diagnosed with skin cancer.
He recommended radiation therapy.
“I went for 20 days of 2 hours,” Strumalo said.
She had no idea that she didn't need radiation therapy since she didn't actually have skin cancer.
“You just take their word," Strumalo said. "You trust your doctors.”