To use our poetic license as Daryl Hall's voice echoes;
Easy ready willing overtime, when does it stop where do you dare to draw your line
You got his body now you got his soul, don't think about it, say no go
On April 10, 2012 it was reported in various news outlets that a former Orthofix VP of Sales Thomas Guerrieri pled guilty to federal charges (that's serving 80% of the conviction) that he helped run a scheme to pay doctors (say what!) to use Orthofix bone-growth stimulators. Guerrieri faces up to five (that's right), five years in a federal prison after pleading guilty to federal charges that he orchestrated a scheme to pay doctors to use the company's Spinal-Stim and Cervical-Stim bone growth stimulators. TG copped a plea in a Boston court. If this case would have gone to trial, it has been reported that the federali's would have proven that he set up a phony consulting deal with the infamous "Dr. S." Dr. S it seems was one of Orthofix's highest prescribing customers according to court documents. Orthofix paid out tens of thousands of dollars to the physician in return for little or no work, sounds familiar?
So here is another in the long line of schemes that infect the medical device industry. Mr. X sets up Mr.Y and compensates Mr. Y for each stimulator that he orders by a creating a third party vendor making it more difficult to identify the paper trail. At 51, if given the maximum sentence, five long ones in the web, TG is going to spend four years in a federal prison all for the love of the Almighty Dollar. So is this the end of another saga in a long list of medical device scams, and what happens to the infamous Dr. S? Does he go the way of the infamous person of special interest #7 as in the Norian debacle? Come on Mssr. Prosecutor say it ain't so. As the Federal Prosecutor was leaving the Courtroom, they were heard singing, "I can't go for that, No, No can do! TSB wants to know, where are all the bodies buried?