Army doctor pleads guilty for taking kickbacks from medical devices co.

Major Jason Layne Davis, 38, a cardiologist at Madigan Army Medical Center, pleaded guilty to accepting about $4,800 in cash, meals and other gratuities from Guidant Sales Corp, a former subsidiary of Boston Scientific.

Major Davis was the chief of Madigan’s cardiology department and ordered Boston Scientifics’ pacemakers and implantable defibrillators for his patients and encouraged his colleagues to do the same. Apparently Maj. Davis accepted the gifts in exchange for exclusively using Boston Scientifics’ products.

Major Davis crossed the line because army doctors are government employees and are bound to ethical guidelines for federal employees:

Employees shall not solicit or accept any gift or other item of monetary value from any person or entity seeking official action from, doing business with, or conducting activities regulated by an employee’s agency, or whose interests may be substantially affected by the performance or nonperformance of the employee’s duties.

The charge against Maj. Davis is a misdemeanor and subject to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine. Guidant Sales paid $600,000 to settle claims.

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