| News

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Johnstown physician indicted for fraud arraigned in Newark

Email Newsletters

Sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 3:45 p.m.



Physician indicted for fraud arraigned in Newark

A Cambria County physician who fled the country for his native Santo Domingo after he was indicted for health care fraud and tax charges is on his way back to western Pennsylvania, according to federal court records.

Dr. William Acosta was arraigned Monday before a magistrate in federal court in Newark, N.J. He was returned to the United States from Panama, where he was arrested last week.

Acosta, a neurologist, originally agreed to plead guilty to health care fraud and tax charges, according to an indictment unsealed Friday in U.S. District Court in Johnstown.

On April 3, 2006, Acosta's attorney notified the U.S. Attorney's Office that his client was willing to plead guilty after he was indicted, but Acosta had left Florida for the Dominican Republic the previous day, court records show.

The Department of Human Services began investigating the Johnstown physician in 2001 after receiving reports that he was prescribing an unusually high number of narcotics to patients without conducting required physical examinations. He also is charged with evading taxes on his income.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Pirates sign free agent 1B-OF Goebbert, RHP Webster
  2. Steelers notebook: Tomlin not grooming successor to RB Williams
  3. Steelers kicker Boswell puts best foot forward
  4. Police find marijuana grow rooms in Castle Shannon
  5. Cheswick super fan, 90, has had season tickets for almost 70 years
  6. Stanley’s Bar & Grill in Ford City offers free Thanksgiving dinner
  7. After 27 years, Clairton emerges from state ‘financially distressed’ status
  8. Occupying playoff spot on Thanksgiving good harbinger for Penguins
  9. South Fayette, Aliquippa form unique traditions for Thanksgiving Day
  10. North Shore parking garage plan moves forward in Pittsburgh
  11. Former Mountaineer Bailey shot, in critical condition in Miami