In the aftermath of his arrest for patient brokering and a proposed bill called the “Protect Against Lindsay Lohan’s Dad Act,” Michael Lohan spoke with HollywoodLife.
Michael Lohan, the 60-year-old father of actress and resort owner Lindsay Lohan, was drawn into a political debate in Illinois just days after being arrested as part of a “patient brokering” scheme in south Florida. In the Senate, new legislation was passed that tightens the legal screws on so-called “patient brokers” who exploit those suffering from drug addiction by selling exclusive medical services in exchange for kickbacks. State Senator Sara Feigenholtz of Chicago introduced the bill, which was called “Protect Against Lindsay Lohan’s Dad Act.”
Michael has since spoken to HollywoodLife about the proposed bill, after being arrested on five counts of patient brokering and one count of attempted patient brokering on April 23. “I’ve been working in this treatment industry for over 14 years and helped hundreds of people get the help they need,” he began. “Of the dozens of treatment centers, detoxes and interventions I’ve worked with the owners and patients will attest I’ve helped and referred hundreds of people and I never asked for or received a penny. To me. It’s always been about the person and their family not the money.”
Michael said it was “ludicrous” that his daughter’s name was dragged into the conversation surrounding the bill. “To be targeted by a couple of horrible people to lessen their sentences is bad enough, but now for the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health to target me and associate my innocent daughter’s name on a bill, when I have not been convicted isn’t only prejudicing my case, but defamatory.” He concluded, “I hope and pray my family can get past this, and my attorneys can put a stop to it.” HollywoodLife has also reached out to Lindsay’s rep for comment.
More than 100 people were arrested as part of the Palm Beach County investigation, including Lindsay’s father. In exchange for his supposed efforts to direct addicts into some treatment facilities, he allegedly obtained checks totaling more than $25,000, according to police records. “Our Sober Homes Task Force investigated Mr. Lohan, and he was charged with accepting kickbacks for referring patients to opioid rehab. Patient brokering taints our health-care system because decisions are made based on profit rather than the needs of patients. Lohan’s arrest is the 117th for the Task Force, and it won’t be the last, according to Florida State Attorney Dave Aronberg.