Agawam Man Sentenced for Defrauding VA Hospitals by Failing to Inspect Medical Gas Systems
BOSTON – A vendor for several Veterans Affairs medical facilities was sentenced today for defrauding the VA by creating false invoices and reports for medical gas inspections that never took place.
Chester Wojcik, 49, of Agawam, Mass., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to two years of probation. In August 2020, Wojcik pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.
Wojcik, as the owner of Alliance Medical Gas Corporation, engaged in a scheme from May 29, 2014, through March 5, 2015 to defraud the VA by creating false invoices and reports for medical gas inspections that never took place. Medical gas supply systems deliver piped gases, including compressed air, nitrous oxide, nitrogen and carbon dioxide into operating rooms, recovery rooms and patient rooms. Medical gas supply systems must be inspected and maintained regularly to ensure the safety of patients and medical professionals, and to prevent gas leaks, explosions and other safety hazards. Wojcik failed to perform scheduled inspections of medical gas systems at VA facilities in Sioux Falls, S.D., Tuskegee, Ala. and Montgomery, Ala. and later lied to VA facilities and federal investigators about the offense. Wojcik was paid $8,981 by the VA for services that his company did not perform.
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Christopher Algieri, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, Northeast Field Office; and Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Elysa Q. Wan of Lelling’s Health Care Fraud Unit prosecuted the case.