Lindsay Lohan’s dad Michael has been arrested for allegedly steering drug addicts to therapy facilities in alternate for monetary kickbacks.
UPDATE (4/23/21 9:30pm ET): Michael Lohan‘s legal professional Heidi Perlet tells HollywoodLife.com within the following assertion: “Michael Lohan has helped countless individuals suffering from addiction issues. He should be applauded for his efforts in saving lives—not arrested for them. Michael has devoted much of his life to helping those in need. This arrest overlooks this fact and ignores all of his good work.”
She added, “According to the State Attorney, Michael is the 117th person arrested in Palm Beach County by the Sober Home Task Force. Michael is not a number, and he will not be reduced to one of the State Attorney’s statistics. Michael is looking forward to having his day in court where the truth, not mere statistics, will come out.”
ORIGINAL: Michael Lohan was arrested and brought into custody on Fri. Apr. 23 as half of a “patient brokering” scheme in south Florida. The 60-year-old father of actress turned Greek resort proprietor Lindsay Lohan was one of greater than 100 folks arrested as half of a Palm Beach County probe. He stands accused of 5 counts of affected person brokering and one rely of tried affected person brokering, for bringing addicts to therapy facilities in alternate for unlawful monetary funds. Charging paperwork declare that Lohan acquired checks price over $25,000 for his alleged efforts to steer addicts into rehab services. HollywoodLife.com has reached out to Lindsay and Michael’s ex-wife Dina‘s reps for touch upon his arrest.
“Mr. Lohan was investigated by our Sober Homes Task Force and he’s being charged with receiving kickbacks for referring patients to drug treatment. Patient brokering corrupts our health care system because decisions are motivated by greed instead of a patient’s needs. This is our Task Force’s 117th arrest and will not be our last,” Florida State Attorney Dave Aronberg stated of Lohan’s arrest.
In the charging paperwork obtained by NBC News, an investigator spoke to Michael on April 8, 2021 about affected person brokering, and he denied participating within the exercise. The authorized paperwork claims Michael collected funds as he referred addicts to the Pride Recovery Center in Delray Beach in 2017 and 2018. According to the arrest warrant, Michael’s title was given up by the Pride Recovery Center proprietor in hopes of leniency in his personal case, as he’s additionally charged within the affected person brokering scheme.
South Florida has the best focus of therapy services and sober houses within the nation. By 2017, it had grow to be a $1 billion enterprise that started to attract the eye of the FBI, in accordance with the Palm Beach Post‘s calculations. The publication found at the time that “kickbacks, patient brokering, inflated medical testing bills and insurance fraud are rampant. At the same time, the number of sober homes, which don’t should be licensed, are mushrooming.”
Michael and his then-wife Dina started in present enterprise because the managers of their daughter Lindsay, steering her via a collection of profitable roles as a baby and teenage actress in films like 1998’s The Parent Trap and 2003’s Freaky Friday. She broke out as an enormous star due to her position within the iconic highschool darkish comedy Mean Girls in 2004. A 12 months later, Michael and Dina break up. Lindsay had her personal struggles with substance abuse and arrests, ultimately leaving the movie trade.
Michael went on to have run-ins with the regulation, together with an tried assault arrest in 2004. He ended up getting arrested for a DUI automobile accident whereas awaiting sentencing. Michael served two and a half years in jail, getting launched in 2007. He was arrested once more in 2010 for a suspected home violence incident involving his on-again, off-again girlfriend Kate Major, who’s the mom of his two sons Landon, 8, and Logan, 6. Kate and Michael ultimately wed on October 30, 2014. She filed for divorce in June 2019, claiming the wedding was “”irretrievably damaged.”