A previous pathologist at an Arkansas veterans health center was charged with 3 counts of uncontrolled murder in the deaths of 3 clients whose records he apparently falsified to hide his misdiagnoses.
According to federal district attorneys, Dr. Robert Morris Levy, 53, is likewise charged with 4 counts of making incorrect declarations, 12 counts of wire scams and 12 counts of mail scams, coming from his efforts to hide his drug abuse while operating at the Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks.
Levy was suspended from work two times– in March 2016 and once again in October 2017– for working while impaired, prior to he was fired in April 2018.
A June 2018 evaluation of his work taken a look at 33,902 cases and discovered more than 3,000 errors or misdiagnoses of clients at the veterans health center dating to2005 Thirty misdiagnoses were discovered to have actually led to severe health dangers to clients.
The 3 deaths came as an outcome of inaccurate or deceptive medical diagnoses. In one case, according to district attorneys, a client passed away of prostate cancer after Levy concluded that a biopsy showed that he didn’t have cancer.
” This indictment need to advise all of us that this nation has an obligation to look after those who have actually served us honorably,” Duane Kees, the U.S. lawyer for the Western District of Arkansas, stated in a declaration “When that trust is breached through criminal conduct, those accountable should be held responsible. Our veterans are worthy of absolutely nothing less.”
Kees stated Levy went to terrific lengths to hide his drug abuse even throughout a duration when he had actually vowed to preserve his sobriety.
Levy utilized 2-Methyl-2-butanol, a chemical compound that intoxicates an individual “however is not noticeable in regular alcohol and drug screening method,” the declaration stated.