W.V. radiologist alleges fraud, sues practice

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A West Virginia radiologist has filed a lawsuit against a practice she helped form, alleging she was defrauded of her ability to conduct business and had false accusations made against her in an effort to sever the practice’s relationship with her, according to a report in The West Virginia Record.

According to the report, Stephany Swart, MD, formed Monongalia Radiology Associates (MRA) with Surendra Pawar, MD, and Teppe Papovich, MD, in October 2008. In a complaint filed Dec. 10 in Monongalia Circuit Court, Swart claims she was the director of the practice while Pawar had control over MRA assets.

The suit alleged that Pawar falsely accused Swart of missing work or leaving early, refused requests to allow Swart to inspect employment contracts and falsely informed Monongalia General Hospital that Swart did not meet Continuing Medical Education requirements, according to The West Virginia Record. Swart also claimed that Pawar executed a new radiology agreement with Monongalia General Hospital without Swart’s review and falsely informed the practice’s payroll company that Swart did not work on days that she did work.

The amount of damages Swart is seeking will be determined at trial, according to The West Virginia Record. In addition to MRA, others named as defendants in the suit include Pawar, the practice’s payroll company, Mark Krauland, and James Bolt.