Schuette Secures Second Conviction in Unlicensed Doctor Case


LANSING, MI – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced today the conviction of Dr. Timothy Whiteus, 61-years-old, of Oak Park, for orchestrating a health care fraud scheme involving an unlicensed doctor. Whiteus marks the second conviction involving this unlicensed doctor operation.

Timothy Whiteus
Timothy Whiteus

“Ensuring integrity in our health care system is critical to the safety of Michigan citizens,” said Schuette. “Anyone attempting to break the law at the expense of patients and taxpayers will be identified and brought to justice.”




The Health Care Fraud Division determined that Whiteus hired out his home podiatry work to an unlicensed individual, Golden Higgwe, 63-years-old, of Dearborn Heights.

Higgwe is a former podiatrist who had his license to practice podiatry revoked in 2003 after a federal health care fraud conviction. This activity in 2003 also led to Higgwe being excluded from participation in any government health care program, such as Medicaid and Medicare for a period of 25 years. Nevertheless, Whiteus billed government and private insurance for Higgwe’s unlicensed work as if he had performed the work himself. Whiteus was never present in the homes when Higgwe provided medical services to patients. Higgwe would also present himself as a doctor when he treated patients in their homes.

Testimony at trial outlined how Whiteus made periodic payments to Higgwe from the same account that received the payments from the various health care programs.

Golden Higgwe
Golden Higgwe

Schuette filed multiple felony criminal charges against both Whiteus and Higgwe in 2014.

Timothy Whiteus, 61-years-old, of Oak Park, was convicted of the following charges filed by Schuette:

  • One count of Conducting Criminal Enterprises (Racketeering), a 20-year felony and/or up to a $100,000 fine;
  • Thirteen counts of Health Care Fraud, a 4-year felony and/or up to a $50,000 fine; and,
  • Five counts of Medicaid Fraud, a 4-year felony and/or up to a $50,000 fine.

Whiteus was convicted on July 2nd, 2015 after a week-long jury trial in Ingham County Circuit Court before Judge Clinton Canady, III.  Sentencing for Whiteus has been set for August 5th, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. before Judge Canady.

Golden Higgwe, 63-years-old, of Dearborn Heights was convicted of the following charges filed by Schuette on June 2nd, 2015:

  • One count of Conducting Criminal Enterprises (Racketeering), a 20-year felony and/or up to a $100,000 fine;
  • One count of Unauthorized Practice of a Health Profession, a 4-year felony and/or up to a $5,000 fine;
  • Thirteen counts of Health Care Fraud, a 4-year felony and/or up to a $50,000 fine; and,
    Five counts of Medicaid Fraud, a 4-year felony and/or up to a $50,000 fine.

Higgwe is next due in court on July 15th, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. before Judge Canady in Ingham County Circuit Court.

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