A former “brain-injuring specialist” at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota has been convicted of lying to federal investigators and failing to disclose his past work to obtain a federal disability check, a judge ruled Tuesday.
Lorraine H. Covington, 64, was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
Prosecutors said she lied to federal agents about her qualifications for the federal disability benefits program, including a previous conviction for lying to the FDA about her work.
Prosecutors said Covingon’s work included performing neurological surgery and performing brain scans on patients.
Covington told federal agents she performed the surgery and scans because her work was needed by the Mayo Medical Center and the Mayo Neuroimaging Center, prosecutors said.
The two clinics are affiliated with the Mayo Children’s Hospital.
She also told federal investigators that she was not a licensed neurologist and was not required to obtain any certification from the Mayo Neuroscience Institute, prosecutors alleged.
Coveton worked at the center from 2004 to 2009 and said she did not perform any brain surgery, prosecutors noted.
She worked for the Mayo Neurological Institute from 2006 to 2008, prosecutors wrote.
The jury convicted Covingson on four counts of lying and one count of withholding federal information.
She was convicted on a third count of failing to comply with the requirements of a disability benefit.
She could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Prosecutors told jurors that Covingun had lied about her disability in several interviews with investigators.