Former doctor charged with medical fraud
Last Modified: February 17. 2013 12:17AM
David A. Rigle, 56, of Kingston, was arraigned this afternoon before District Judge Paul Roberts on two counts of theft by deception.
The charges come two days after Rigleā??s home on John Street was searched by authorities investigating allegations Rigle and his sister, Deborah McMenamin, defrauded another man who was seeking a medical expert opinion out of $20,000. No charges have been filed in that case.
The charges filed Thursday stem from Rigleā??s failure to provide a report to attorney John Solt of Hazleton.
According to an arrest affidavit, Solt contacted Rigel in September 2009 to review medical records for a malpractice case to determine if there was any merit. Solt paid Rigle a total of $6,500 through July 2010. Rigle failed to provide the report despite repeated demands.
Solt went to authorities after discovering Rigle's medical license had been revoked.
In the other case still under investigation, First Assistant Luzerne County District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce said the alleged victim, whom he did not identify, was seeking a medical expert to evaluate a malpractice claim the man was considering filing in connection with the death of his mother at a health care facility. The man made numerous payments to Rigle and McMenanim, but they never provided him the report.