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Ex-Tech Finally Sentenced For Mammogram Fakery

April 16, 2014
Written by: , Filed in: Breast Imaging, Medical Ethics, Practice Management
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A former radiologic technician pleaded guilty on Tuesday to faking 1,289 mammogram results, four years after her arrest shocked the small town of Perry, Georgia.

Rachael Michelle Rapraeger, 33, of Macon, Georgia, accepted a plea agreement in Houston County Superior Court, according to the Telegraph newspaper of Macon. She had been indicted on 10 felony counts of computer forgery and 10 counts of misdemeanor reckless conduct. She pleaded guilty to all 10 misdemeanors and one of the felony counts involving a mammogram of a woman who later died.

“She wasn’t in a conspiracy with any radiologist to try to cut corners,” said Floyd Buford, Rapraeger’s lawyer, after Tuesday’s court hearing. However, he said, Perry Hospital does deserve some blame:

She had too much work, and she was getting behind. She wanted to keep up. So the hospital, our position is, didn’t give her any assistance, didn’t give her any support there, and she just felt like to keep up she had to start faking some of these reports.

Rapraeger was sentenced to up to six months in a probation-detention facility and fined $12,500. She has also been named in more than 30 civil lawsuits. Buford said that some have been settled out of court but that most are pending.

We’ve written about this case several times, most recently here, as it slowly played out. Today’s court action provided the first public revelation of a motive.

Dan Bibler, a Houston County prosecutor, said Rapraeger told Perry police she had “personal issues that caused her to be disinterested in her job.” As a result, she said, she got behind in her work and, from January 22, 2009, to April 1, 2010, entered the negative results to catch up.

No radiologist read the 1,289 scans in question. Ten of them were actually positive; two of those 10 women with breast cancer have since died.

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