A Madigan Army Medical Center cardiologist pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegally accepting funds from a medical-equipment manufacturer that wanted to do business with the hospital on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle reported.
Maj. Jason Layne Davis, 38, faces up to a year in federal prison and a $100,000 fine when sentenced in April.
Davis accepted about $4,800 in cash, meals and gratuities from Guidant Sales Corp, a sudsidiary of Boston Scientific, between January 2006 and February 2009, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
He worked as the chief of Madigan’s cardiology department during part of that time and almost exclusively used Boston Scientific’s pacemakers and implantable defibrillators in his practice, according to prosecutors.
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Last fall, Guidant Sales paid $600,000 to the U.S. government to settle claims it provided illegal payments to Davis to influence him to use the company’s devices and recommend that others do the same.
“Military doctors must owe their allegiance to the soldiers and families they treat – not to drug companies or makers of medical devices,” U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan said. “That is why we have a bright line rule: doctors employed by the government cannot accept payments or gratuities from an outside source, especially one that is seeking government business.”