South Florida "Rock Doc" Arrested for Medicare Fraud

It's been a while since Christopher Wayne's seen the spotlight. In 2010, the Wall Street Journal profiled the Ft. Lauderdale osteopath who's prone to wearing CBGB shirts and spiking his bleach blonde hair. The write-up noted that he hangs with Paris Hilton and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, not to mention a coterie of Playboy bunnies. Wayne's admirers even gave him a gag-inducing nickname: the "Rock Doc."

But apparently Wayne's free-wheeling attitude extended beyond his sartorial decisions and into his interpretation of the law. Yesterday morning, Feds busted the "Rock Doc" for Medicare fraud. Agents from both the FBI and Health and Human Services carried him away from his $1.7 million home on Pinetree Drive, in Miami Beach.

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-- South Florida is Ground Zero for Medicaire Fraud

Although the Federal Attorney's office couldn't be reached yesterday for details about the arrest, the WSJ reported that Wayne took in more than $1.2 million from Medicare in 2008.

This isn't the first time that Wayne's been in trouble. Since that 2010 profile, things seem to have gone remarkably downhill. In February of the next year, he filed Chapter 13 bankruptcy, and by that summer, he had his medical license revoked by the state surgeon general for running a pill mill that prescribed Oxycodone and Xanax, placing at least two patients at risk for a fatal overdose.

Party on, Wayne.

The 53-year-old graduate of Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine lists "addiction treatment" as a clinical skill on his resume. In 2010, when the WSJ questioned Wayne about his pain clinic patients, he said, "I write their pain prescriptions, and they're gone."

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Allie Conti was a fellow at Miami New Times and a staff writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach, where her writing won awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists. She's now the senior staff writer at Vice and a contributor to the New York Times, New York Magazine, and the Atlantic.