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Midland Physician Summarily Suspended for Fraud and Substance Abuse
Media Contact: LARA Communications 517-373-9280
May 7, 2018 - The Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has summarily suspended the medical license of Midland physician Steven Michael Morris for numerous issues including financial fraud, substance abuse and failing to report a criminal conviction in Minnesota.
The Michigan Public Health Code provides for summary suspension of licenses when the public health, afety, or welfare requires emergency action.
In conjunction with Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office, LARA also served an accompanying administrative complaint on Morris, alleging that he accepted over $45,000 from seven patients for medical procedures but failed to provide the promised treatments or administer a refund.
Additionally, the administrative complaint alleges multiple incidences of significant substance abuse issues that hindered Morris’ ability to practice medicine.
Lastly, the administrative complaint alleges that Morris failed to report a criminal conviction to the bureau in a timely manner. Morris pled guilty to domestic assault on April 7, 2017 in Minnesota and was placed on probation for two years.
Morris was also previously summarily suspended by LARA in September 2017 after being convicted of operating a vehicle while intoxicated in both 2014 and 2017. A consent order related to this previous summary suspension was entered on March 14, 2018.
An order of summary suspension is a temporary measure to protect the public and not a final determination that a licensee has violated the Public Health Code.
For more information of LARA’s regulation of health professions in Michigan, please go to michigan.gov/healthlicense.