David Ming Pon: Florida eye doctor held without bail in Medicare fraud case

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A central Florida ophthalmologist is being held without bond on charges of Medicare fraud.

U.S. Magistrate Patricia Barksdale ruled Monday that 56-year-old David Ming Pon is a flight risk to flee the country before his trial. He's accused of submitting false bills and records to a Medicare billing center in Jacksonville.

Pon pleaded not guilty to 20 counts of health care fraud related to cases that occurred between 2006 and 2011 in Orlando and Leesburg.

Authorities say Pon told paitents they had macular degeneration that required laser surgery to prevent blindness.
Pon surrendered to authorities on Friday after months of plea negotiations broke down.

The government seeks to recover some $7 million paid to Pon by Medicare.

Barksdale set his trial for summer.

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