Accountant involved in spine surgery kickback scheme sentenced to prison
By Admin | June 24, 2022
A 69-year-old accountant who enabled a scheme allowing kickbacks for spine surgery referrals was sentenced to prison, the Justice Department said June 24.
George William Hammer pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false tax return in August 2018 and was sentenced to 15 months in prison. He will also have to pay an $8,000 fine and forfeit $500,000 in profits from the scheme.
Mr. Hammer was the financial officer for companies controlled by former Long Beach, Calif.-based Pacific Hospital owner Michael Drobot. Mr. Drobot conspired with doctors, chiropractors and marketers to pay kickbacks in exchange for spine surgery referrals. In the last five years of the scheme, more than $500 million in bills for surgeries related to...(More)
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