If all the allegations are true, one thing is certain: Dr. Charles Mok II of Macomb County has no shame.
The Shelby Township doctor, accused of performing phony coronavirus treatments, received more than $2.6 million in emergency loans intended to help companies survive the economic impact of the pandemic, prosecutors say.
The loans, obtained through the federal Payroll Protection Program, were secured days before FBI agents raided his main office. News of the loans surfaced in prosecutors' court documents this week, according to Robert Snell of The Detroit News.
Most, if not all of the loans are forgivable if they cover payroll, health insurance and rent during a two-month period.
Dr. Mok, a 56-year-old osteopath who lives in Washington, Mich., operates Allure Medical Spa on 26 Mile Road, which has 26 clinics specializing in varicose vein treatments in eight states, with seven in Michigan (Roseville, West Bloomfield, Warren, Southgate, Clarkston, Livonia, Lansing). The sites also offer dermatology, hormone replacement, stem cell therapy, weight loss and other services.
Authorities last month charged the doctor with submitting false claims to Medicare for services that weren't given or were medically unnecessary, such as high-dose Vitamic C therapy for Covid patients. He is also accused of:
Putting Covid and non-Covid patients together in the Shelby Township waiting room
Conducting nonessential procedures, contrary to a state emergency order
The doctor did his medical residency at Mount Clemens General Hospital and started Allure in 2004.
Prosecutors declined to comment Friday to The News about whether the government was trying to recoup the loans.