Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen M. Schenning announced Wednesday a former Johns Hopkins doctor was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for four counts of mail fraud stemming from a scheme to illegally obtain travel expense reimbursements from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.
Fifty-three-year-old Dr. Jean-Francois Geschwind of Westport, Connecticut was employed as a physician at Johns Hopkins from 1998 to 2015. Geschwind previously admitted to submitted several false travel expense statements for the purpose of receiving monetary reimbursements. The claims were for family vacations, meals and other personal travel expenses. One of those claims was for a 13-day vacation to France and the United Kingdom, according to court records.
Geschwind submitted statements for travel expenses that he had already received reimbursement from Johns Hopkins. Sometimes, Geschwind would seek two to three reimbursements for the same travel expense and failed to relay this information to Johns Hopkins.
Geschwind arranged reimbursement in July 2015 for round-trip airfare to Japan from Johns Hopkins and a France-based company. By this time, he had joined the Yale School of Medicine faculty. He also sought reimbursement from Yale for the above-referenced trip.
In addition to the prison sentence, Geschwind was ordered to pay restitution of $583,484.31. He is scheduled to self-surrender on December 4, according to court documents.