Central Florida eye doctor faces judge in fraud case


ORLANDO, Fla. – A Central Florida eye doctor faces a judge on Tuesday on accusations of performing unnecessary surgeries to get millions from Medicare.

Prosecutors say Dr. David Ming Pon, who has offices in Leesburg and Orlando, scared healthy patients into having costly surgeries, even telling them they'd go blind without his help.

Pon then allegedly billed Medicare for $7 million.

Pon is facing 20 counts of Medicare fraud. His trial, which is in Jacksonville, is expected to last several weeks.