A former Wilkinsburg doctor avoided prison Friday when a federal judge sentenced him to probation for prescribing oxycodone to a doctor-shopping patient for no medical reason and ripping off Medicare.
U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed a probation term of three years on Yee Chung Ho, 72, a family medicine practitioner in Wilkinsburg who lives in Murrysville.
She also ordered him to be on home detention for six months, perform 250 hours of community service and pay $6,500 in restitution. In addition, he must forfeit an $89,000 criminal forfeiture judgment.
Ho had waived indictment last year and pleaded guilty to four counts of drug diversion and healthcare fraud.
He had been charged by criminal information after an investigation by the FBI, DEA, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the state attorney general’s office.