JOHNSTOWN — A DuBois resident pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of health care fraud, according to United States Attorney Scott W. Brady.

David James Girardi, 41, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson, a press release from Brady said.

In connection with the guilty plea, Girardi, formerly a physician at Brookville Hospital, admitted to committing health care fraud by submitting fraudulent claims to Highmark for six Oxycodone and Hydrocodone prescriptions that Girardi wrote for his wife, but which were in fact intended for his own use.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for Aug. 5. The law provides for a total sentence of not more than 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based on the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court continued defendant’s bond.

Assistant United States Attorneys Colin J. Callahan and Rachael L. Mamula are prosecuting the case on behalf of the government.

The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Girardi.

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