Doctor Only Gets 30-Day Sentence For Theft From Birth-Injury Fund

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Dr. John E. Crews III should be mindful that he received a compassionate prison sentence for his heartless actions. The physician was found guilty of embezzling $17,000 from a fund created to help children with neurological birth injuries, but he only received a month-long prison sentence for his outrageous behavior.

The fund that Crews stole from is used to provide medical care to children who suffer severe birth injuries – typically from oxygen deprivation (hypoxia) – or mechanical injuries such as erbs palsy. It’s especially sickening that a doctor would steal from these disabled children, as he is privy to the medical challenges they face on a daily basis.

In addition to the prison sentence, Crews has to pay $64,000 back into the birth-injury fund. Three other people were previously convicted of similar crimes involving the children’s fund, including one of the program’s former claim managers, Iris Allen. Allen is presently serving 10 years in federal prison.

If your child has suffered a serious birth injury, you need financial compensation to provide them with the best medical care and a fulfilling life. Contact a regarded Ohio birth injury law firm to explore your legal options.

Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Petersburg Doctor Sentenced In Theft From Birth-Injury Fund,” Bill McKelway, May 20, 2012

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