Ex-hospital tech charged with performing faulty cancer tests

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 31, 2015 6:00 PM

(Harrisburg) -- A former Pennsylvania hospital employee has been indicted on charges he performed flawed genetic tests on 124 late-stage cancer patients and then lied about it.

Federal prosecutors in Harrisburg said Friday that 60-year-old Floyd Benko, of Palmyra, has been charged with health care fraud and making false statements.

Court documents say Benko failed to perform the gene mutation tests correctly and lied to administrators at Hershey Medical Center about how he conducted the tests.

The tests help doctors formulate treatment plans.

Hershey officials have said the faulty tests affected the treatment plans of about a dozen patients.

Benko surrendered Friday. He pleaded not guilty and was released on his own recognizance. His attorney did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment on the charges.

A note of disclosure: Penn State Hershey Medical Center underwrites Transforming Health. 

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