Episode 35: Dr. Stokes | C&D Distributors

Case File

Dr. Stokes
In Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dr. Robert Stokes runs a thriving dermatology practice that's making millions. But Dr. Stokes has a dark secret. American Greed profiles a doctor obsessed with the bottom line. And in a second case, Darlene Wooten and Charlene Corley are twin sisters. They're making a fortune in defense contracts. But behind the scenes, things are not as they seem. American Greed profiles a multi-million dollar fraud against the government.

Case 1: Dr. Stokes

  • The Dermatologist
  • Dr. Robert Stokes has a thriving dermatology practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He's sees patients and makes millions. People put their trust in the doctor. But Dr. Stokes is committing fraud.
  • The Complaints
  • The Blue Cross Blue Shield fraud hotline receives complaints. Patients find discrepancies in their benefit statements. They believe Dr. Stokes is charging for services he did not perform. And, that's just the beginning of his crimes.
  • The Patients
  • Patients realize it isn't just a case of stealing from insurance companies. Investigators believe the doctor is performing unnecessary surgeries and cutting corners. He re-uses syringes and sutures…putting lives in jeopardy!

Case 2: C&D Distributors

  • The Sisters
  • Darlene and Charlene Shuler are twin sisters. They grow up in Lexington, South Carolina. They each marry, have families and eventually start a business called C&D Distributors selling small hardware... bolts, washers and plumbing fixtures. Soon the sisters start distributing supplies to the military.
  • Game Changer
  • A simple accounting error changes everything. There's an error in one of their invoices for shipping charges. The government pays the bill and the sisters receive an unexpected $5,000. They return the money. But the temptation for these church-going women is too much to resist.
  • The Scam
  • The sisters have discovered a loophole in the Department of Defense's automated payment system. Any item considered high priority, including bolts and screws, is paid automatically. It seems C&D can charge almost any price for shipping and the government will pay the bill.

Web Extras

  • Dr. Stokes     Thursday, 22 Apr 2010 | 12:01 AM ET

    Hear more about Dr. Stokesâ?? other legal troubles.

  • Dr. Stokesâ?? Mansion â?? Web Extra     Friday, 23 Apr 2010 | 12:01 AM ET

    Check out pictures of Dr. Robert Stokesâ?? former 14 thousand square foot Grand Rapids mansion, which features an indoor pool, and solarium.

  • C&D Distributors     Thursday, 22 Apr 2010 | 12:00 AM ET

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Winston Holliday describes the mysterious fire at C&Dâ??s Warehouse just weeks into the investigation.

American Greed Showtimes

Murder in Memphis
Saturday, April 26th 1a, 3a ET/PT
Major League Fraud
Thursday, May 1st 8p ET/PT
Naked Greed: Celebrity Scam Artist
Thursday, May 1st 9p ET/PT
Crash for Cash
Thursday, May 1sth 10p ET/PT
Nose No Bounds
Thursday, May 1st 11p ET/PT
Fine Art: A Portrait of Fraud
Thursday, May 1st 12a ET/PT
Blackjack Cheaters
Thursday, May 1st 1a ET/PT
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