The Washington Post ran an article today about Michelle Martinho, a doctor who plead guilty in 2014 to accepting a bribe. She now talks to every medical school and other health care institution that will welcome her warning her audiences of the dangers of accepting bribes. (The article makes it clear one reason she’s doing this is with the hope that it will influence the sentence she is set to receive.)
According to Martinho, she knew that the envelopes of cash she received every month for referring patients to a lab for blood testing and other screenings constituted tax evasion but she wasn’t aware that it also constituted bribery and that this was never covered in any of her medical education.
We take no joy in this woman’s misfortune and, to help ensure none of our readers fall into this same situation in the future, we thought we’d post this cautionary tale. We’re also including this link to a pamphlet we quickly found on the HHS website titled “A Roadmap for New Physicians: Avoiding Medicare and Medicaid Fraud and Abuse.”