Colorado spine surgeon Dr. Cathleen Van Buskirk indicted for bankruptcy fraud: 5 things to know


A federal grand jury indicted Cathleen Van Buskirk, MD, Dec. 4 for bankruptcy scheme allegations, according to Daily Camera Boulder News.

Here are five things to know:


1. Dr. Van Buskirk, of Boulder, Colo.-based Alpine Spine Center, is accused of "bankruptcy fraud, concealment of bankruptcy assets, fraudulent transfer and concealment and money laundering," Daily Camera Boulder News reports.


2. In August 2014, Dr. Van Buskirk filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but federal prosecutors allege she attempted to defraud her creditors.


3. The indictment report claims the spine surgeon didn't report $46,000 and 200 U.S. silver dollars, foreign currency, gold coins and a diamond ring. The report also alleges Dr. Van Buskirk transferred $170,000 to companies controlled by others.


4. Dr. Van Buskirk was arrested Dec. 6 and appeared for a Denver U.S. District Court hearing Dec. 8.


5. She completed her spine surgery fellowship at Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University.


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