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Former doctor sentenced to home detention for health care fraud convictions

BUFFALO – A former medical doctor from Youngstown, N.Y., who previously pleaded guilty to obtaining controlled substances by fraud and health care fraud, was sentenced today to 6 months of home detention and 2 years’ probation.  As a part of the plea, the defendant surrendered his medical license.

Between August 2011 and September 7, 2011, Daniel C. Gillick, 63, was employed as an emergency room physician at Schuyler Hospital. During that time, Gillick devised a scheme whereby on September 7, 2011, his then-girlfriend, Christine Guilfoyle, reported to the emergency room at Schuyler Hospital and pretended to suffer from a medical condition known as Trygeminal Neuralgia. The defendant then performed an apparent examination of her, fraudulently diagnosed her as suffering from Trygeminal Neuralgia and issued a prescription to her for Dilauded, a controlled substance.

In reality, Gillick?s girlfriend was not suffering from this condition, and had no medical need for the drug Dilaudid. In participating in this illegal scheme, the defendant defrauded Schuyler Hospital and also aided and abetted his former girlfriend in obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

“This Office has previously spoken about the need for all segments of the community to understand and help combat the dangers associated with the illegal trafficking in painkillers,” said U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr..  “Doctors and other medical professionals need to also understand that this Office will not hesitate to bring criminal charges against them when warranted by the facts and the law.”  

On November 22, 2013, U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott sentenced Christine Guilfoyle to time-served for her misdemeanor conviction for possessing cocaine base.