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Luray doctor pleads guilty to wire fraud, tax perjury
(From a press release) HARRISONBURG -- Dr. Francis Habo George, 50, of Luray, pleaded guilty today to wire fraud and tax perjury charges in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.
Francis, a medical doctor who has a practice in the Luray area, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of tax perjury.
The charges, according to a statement released by acting U.S. Attorney Julia C. Dudley, are related to his misuse of $327,000 in federal grant funds issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration in 2003. The grant money was to be used to renovate the building that housed his medical practice.
"This office is committed to investigating and prosecuting all incidents in which individuals who have earned the public's trust, such as medical doctors, take advantage of that trust and engage in criminal activity," Dudley said. "Mr. George took a federal grant intended to improve conditions for his patients and instead used taxpayer money to line his own pockets."
According to the release:
"Today in District Court George also admitted that he committed tax perjury in 2005 for
George faces a maximum penalty of 23 years in prison and/or a fine of $250,000.
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