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Former Temple University Eye Doctor Convicted Of Fraud

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The former Chair of the Ophthalmology department at the Temple University School of Medicine was convicted on Monday of all 150 counts of fraud against him, crimes authorities charged were motivated by greed and alcohol abuse on the job.

The jury found that Doctor Joseph Kubacki had made notes on charts of patients he never saw to boost billings and his compensation which was based on production.

“We argued that his problems with alcohol contributed as a motive to his fraud in this case,” said federal prosecutor Anthony Kyriakakis. “Because he was hiding the fact he wasn’t seeing patients, but was in fact intoxicated during many of the times he was at Temple University hospital.”

The defense denied the doctor was inebriated on the job.

Bail was revoked and Doctor Kubacki was taken in to custody, pending sentencing at a later date.

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Reported by Tony Hanson, KYW Newsradio.

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