Murrysville Doctor Sentenced for Illegal Drug Distribution and Healthcare Fraud | USAO-WDPA
PITTSBURGH – A resident of Murrysville, Pennsylvania has been sentenced in federal court following his convictions for unlawful distribution and distribution of Schedule II controlled substances and health care fraud, announced today US attorney Cindy K. Chung.
U.S. Senior District Judge Nora Barry Fischer sentenced Yee Chung Ho, 72, a physician, to three years probation, including 180 days of house arrest. Ho was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $6,500 to Medicare and relinquish his Drug Enforcement Administration number, Pennsylvania state license to practice medicine, and $89,280.00. in the USA. Ho was further ordered to perform 250 hours of community service.
During the defendant’s plea hearing on November 9, 2021, Ho admitted that while practicing as a licensed physician at his family practice practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he knowingly dispensed and distributed drugs of schedule II, particularly oxycodone, to a patient on the outside. the usual course of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose. Ho also admitted that, from April 2018 to June 2019, he committed health care fraud by causing fraudulent claims to be submitted to Medicare for payments to cover the costs of illegally prescribed drugs.
Assistant United States Attorneys Robert Cessar and Karen Gal-Or and Special Assistant United States Attorney Edward Song are pursuing this case on behalf of the government.
The investigation that led to the filing of charges in this case was conducted by the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit of Western Pennsylvania (OFADU). Western Pennsylvania OFADU, led by federal prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, combines the expertise and resources of federal and state law enforcement to combat the role played by medical professionals unethical in the opioid epidemic.
Agencies that make up the Western Pennsylvania OFADU include: Federal Bureau of Investigation, US Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General, Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General – Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General – Bureau of Narcotic Investigations, United States Postal Inspection Service, US Attorney’s Office – Criminal Division, Civil Division and Asset Forfeiture Unit, Department of Veterans Affairs-Office of Inspector General, Food and Drug Administration- Office of Criminal Investigations, United States Office of Personnel Management – Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General and Licensing Bureau.