A doctor in South Dakota made millions of dollars performing numerous unnecessary surgeries, one of which reportedly left the patient partially paralyzed, according to federal agents.
The doctor, Wilson Asfora, was also receiving kickbacks from medical companies for using their products during operations. He did not disclose that financial arrangement to his patients, law enforcement says.
Asfora is currently being sued by the Department of Justice and was fired by Sanford Health this year. That corporation, which bills itself as “the nation’s largest rural nonprofit health care system,” paid $20 million in penalties last month as part of a whistleblower suit.
Asfora has denied the allegations. His attorney said on Thursday that the doctor “did not ever do a surgery or provide medical treatment for personal gain.”