December 13, 2016

Former Wayne County surgeon pleads guilty to tax evasion

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Wayne County doctor pleaded guilty to evading payment of his income taxes, pursuant to a plea agreement with the United States.  Dr. Robert Gorrell, Jr., 66, formerly worked for Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale. 

During the plea hearing, he admitted to engaging in a years-long pattern of activities to avoid paying over $148,000 in tax.  Among other things, he caused his tax preparer to file Form 1040 tax returns and Form 433-A collection statements that falsely claimed Dr. Gorrell paid for his own medical malpractice insurance.  He also admitted that he forged documents from Wayne Memorial Hospital and from an insurance company to support those false claims.  Dr. Gorrell further admitted to withholding from the IRS information about bank accounts under his control, and about his ownership of a Porsche Cayenne, to impede collection efforts. 

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is five years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine.

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