According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration news release, 88 doctors have been charged in connection with false passing scores in the Puerto Rico medical bar test.
The indictment of 91 people who are allegedly accused of issuing medical licenses to people who had not passed the medical examination that is required by the Puerto Rico Board of Medical Examiners, was announced by the United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, Rosa Emilia Rodriguez- Velez.
Those who want to practice medicine in Puerto Rico must receive passing grades on all three sections of the exams that are offered by the Puerto Rico Board of Medical Examiners. The first two parts of the exam are multiple choice questions. If you do not pass the first two parts, you cannot move onto the third part which is basically a just a practical section with no multiple choice questions.
Yolanda Rodriguez-Torres who was an employee of the Board of Medical Examiners of Puerto Rico is accused of allegedly creating false passing result sheets for the first two written parts of the examination for the candidates who failed parts one and two of the exam. Rodriguez-Torres and 80 plus others were charged and accused of false statement relating to health care matter, mail fraud, honest service fraud, mail fraud conspiracy, witness tampering and forfeiture allegations.
Nine others were also charged and accused of providing false statements in connection with health care fraud and forfeiture provisions.
The special agent that is in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration Caribbean Division stated in the news release that “as a result of these 13 indictments against the 88 fraudulent physicians, the DEA has identified over 57 physicians who have obtained a DEA registration to prescribe controlled substances. The DEA Caribbean Division’s Diversion Group is seeking the revocation of their registrations administratively.”
If convicted of the crimes listed above, the alleged offenders could face anywhere between five to twenty years in prison, as well as up to $250,000 in fines. All parties mentioned in the article are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
SOURCE : Drug enforcement Administration news release – 88 Doctors Charged in Connection with False Passing Scores in Puerto Rico medical Bar Test –
Nedy Carrillo – Deputy Press Officer