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Former Ogdensburg doctor sentenced to two years in prison

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A former Ogdensburg doctor has been sent to prison for health care fraud after he lied about his qualifications.

Fitzgerald A. Hudson, 53, Dearborn Heights, Mich., was accused of illegally practicing medicine while billing Medicare about $200,000 from August 2008 to August 2010, just weeks after leaving Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, where he worked in the emergency room.

He was sentenced to two years in prison and three years of supervised release last week after he was convicted of health care fraud when he lied about his qualifications to practice medicine. Mr. Hudson was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $227,548.35, according to a news release from the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York.

In his August application to Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, Mr. Hudson said that he had earned a degree from York University in Ontario, Canada, never voluntarily withdrawn or resigned any employment or privileges at any healthcare facility in order to avoid the imposition of disciplinary measures, and never been denied or suspended from any healthcare facility. In his employee application, Mr. Hudson said he left the job in Ogdensburg because of the long commute.

But according to court, Mr. Hudson did not have a degree from York, had been suspended from his duties as a resident and dismissed from the residency program due to academic incompetence at the Warren Hospital Family Practice Residency Program in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, and had resigned from the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center after being told he would be terminated for poor performance.

His New York license was revoked in May 2010 because of poor performance, according to the state Department of Health.

Claxton Hepburn officials testified that Mr. Hudson was fired from the hospital for providing substandard medical care, including allowing a patient with chest pains and abnormal electrocardiogram readings to go untreated for hours.

Claxton-Hepburn officials were not available for comment Wednesday evening.

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