American Greed Episode 50: Mark Weinberger, Nose No Bounds

Case File

Mark Weinberger: Nose No Bounds

  • The Surgeon
  • Dr. Mark Weinberger appears to be a top-notch physician. His Weinberger Sinus Clinic is popular with his northwest Indiana patients. Located in the rust belt, near steel mills and factories filling the air with smoke, it's a good place for a sinus surgeon.
  • The Patients
  • Patients go to the clinic hoping for relief from their problems. Weinberger recommends surgery for most of his patients, contrary to standard medical practice.
  • But many become anxious when relief is nowhere in sight.
  • The Scam
  • In 2003 Weinberger has a gross income of almost $14 million. The nose doctor is becoming rich. But, patients and other doctors are becoming suspicious. Some patients discover they didn't need sinus surgery and insurance companies are allegedly billed for surgeries never performed.
  • End Game
  • Lawsuits are filed. Weinberger's perfect world is collapsing. In 2004 he heads to Greece with his young wife Michelle. They board a yacht to celebrate her 30th birthday. But Weinberger is about to give his wife a shocking surprise she'll never forget.

Web Extras

  • Nose No Bounds

    Dr. Mark Weinberger, a self-proclaimed 'nose doctor,' has it all and isn't afraid to flaunt it. But inside The Weinberger Sinus Clinic, all is not what it seems. American Greed profiles a multi-million dollar tale of deception!

  • American Greed:  Dr. Mark Weinberger

    Out to sea? Dr. Weinberger¿s yacht captain, Lupo Clerici, talks about just how little the surgeon knew about seafaring.

  • American Greed: Web Extra

    In this cell phone video, Dr. Mark Weinberger gives his girlfriend, Monica Specogna, a tour of his mountainside tent site below Mont Blanc in the Italian Alps.

  • After years on the run, Weinberger is indicted in 2006 on 22 counts of health care fraud. (Source: United States v. Weinberger Case File)

  • After his initial visit, Weinberger sends Bill Boyer this form letter promising to work hard every day to earn his trust. (Source: Boyer v. Weinberger Case File)