FBI Michigan Announces Allure Medical Spa Email Tipline
Special Agent in Charge Steven M. D’Antuono announced today, May 5, 2020, a tipline aimed at soliciting tips from the public related to the Allure Medical Spa.
The new tipline—AllureMedTips@ic.fbi.gov—will provide the public with a method of reporting information on the business practices of Allure Medical Spa. The spa’s founder, Dr. Charles Mok, was recently charged for his alleged role in a health care fraud scheme, which involved submitting false claims to Medicare for services that were never rendered and/or were medically unnecessary.
“Since the search warrants nearly two weeks ago, the FBI has received a number of tips from the public about business practices at Allure Medical Spa and we want to be sure these tips are addressed in a timely manner,” said SAC D’Antuono. “We felt it was important to establish a dedicated tipline for this information to get directly to the agents and analysts who are focused on this investigation. This tipline is not designed to address any health-related concerns. If a member of the public has concerns about their health or exposure to COVID-19 at Allure Medical Spa, we encourage them to contact a trusted health care professional.”
In a complaint unsealed last week, it is alleged Dr. Mok submitted false and fraudulent claims to Medicare for treatment of varicose veins by submitting claims for injections of Varithena in veins which had previously been ablated. The complaint alleges that once an ablation is done on a patient, there is no need for additional treatments including a Varithena injection. The complaint also alleges that some of the procedures were also medically unnecessary as numerous patients received up to 19 Varithena injections per leg and/or up to 12 ablations per leg, well beyond what is medically necessary to treat their conditions.
The complaint also alleged COVID-19 isolation protocols were not strictly followed. The public is again reminded this tipline is not designed to answer questions about the physical health of any one who may have been exposed to COVID-19 at the Allure Medical Spa. If patients or staff have any concerns about their health or exposure to COVID-19, we urge them to consult with a trusted medical professional.