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Former Indian Health Services doctor charged with conflict of interest

Former Indian Health Services doctor charged with conflict of interest
Posted at 8:12 PM, Feb 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-28 22:12:48-05

A former doctor with Indian Health Services in Browning was indicted on charges of conflict of interest for allegedly using his job to prescribe a diabetes drug from a pharmacy in exchange for kickbacks.

Filed on February 26th, Dr. Arnold Scott Devous, 67, of Billings, was charges with federal medical officer with conflict of interest.

Devous faces a maximum five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

An arraignment is set for March 26th in Great Falls before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston.

The indictment is currently an accusation, Devous remains innocent until proven guilty.

It alleges Devous used his position as a medical officer for Indian Health Services in Browning to prescribe Farxiga, a Type 2 diabetes medication.

Farxiga was not on the IHS formulary and could not be obtained at the facility.