published Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Cleveland doctor awaiting court dates facing 35 fraud and money laundering counts

Raymond Sean Brown, the Cleveland, Tenn., doctor who faces 35 fraud and money laundering counts in federal court, is awaiting November court dates while on pretrial release.

Brown was indicted by a federal grand jury on Sept. 25 on 35 charges of wire fraud, mail fraud, health care fraud and money laundering.

He is accused of billing Medicare for 17,766 Botox injections -- a $7.5 million tab -- that he never administered.

Federal authorities seized $6.8 million from Brown's personal bank accounts at Athens Federal Community Bank and the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union.

Prosecutors said Brown made payments of $58,519 and $78,851 to two car dealerships from his TVFCU account.

Brown went before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan K. Lee on Oct. 1 and pleaded not guilty.

His pretrial conference is set for Nov. 21, and his jury trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 2.

Each count of wire and mail fraud carries a potential 20-year prison sentence.

Each health care fraud and money laundering charge carries a potential 10-year prison sentence.

An additional $250,000 fine per charge could be tacked on if Brown is found guilty.

Brown's attorney, Jerry Summers of Chattanooga, said last month that Brown didn't have "any intention to break the law."

"There's a genuine dispute between us and the government as to whether he's done anything improper," Summers said last month.

He was not available for comment for this story.

Contact staff writer Alex Green at agreen@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6731.

about Alex Green...

Alex Green joined the Times Free Press staff full-time in January 2014 after completing the paper's six-month, general assignment reporter internship. Alex grew up in Dayton, Tenn., which is also where he studied journalism at Bryan College. He graduated from Rhea County High School in 2008. During college, Alex covered the city of Graysville and the town of Spring City for The Herald-News. As editor-in-chief of Bryan College's student news group, Triangle, Alex reported on ...

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