A Poughkeepsie surgeon who had pleaded guilty to health care fraud was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison on March 7. He was fined $250,000 and ordered to repay $5 million that he had acquired through fraudulent Medicare charges, and he was ordered to surrender his licenses to practice medicine. The surgeon admitted to thousands of botched and faked operations over a period of five years.
One of the surgeon's former patients said that the surgeon had performed operations on both her right and left Achilles tendons and that walking was painful, as was sitting her grandchildren on her lap. Another woman said that the surgeon had performed two unnecessary operations on her knees, the second of which left her unable to keep her full-time job. A third woman said that her mother had died following a faked surgery by the doctor.