Colorado spine surgeon's bankruptcy fraud sentencing pushed to 2019: 5 details

Written by Mackenzie Garrity | November 30, 2018 | Print  |

Due to court scheduling conflicts, the bankruptcy fraud sentencing of Cathleen Van Buskirk, MD, has been pushed back to 2019, according to Daily Camera Boulder News.

Here are five details:

1. Dr. Van Buskirk was scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 28; however, conflicts with a civil jury trial caused the hearing to be delayed until March 15, 2019.

2. The spine surgeon remains out of custody on a $150,000 bond.

3. Dr. Van Buskirk agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors. In the deal, prosecutors agreed to not ask for more than 33 months in prison for the charges. Typically, bankruptcy fraud charges carry up to five years in prison, according to the report.

4. The spine surgeon requested six months in prison followed by six months of home detention.

5. Officials indicted Dr. Van Buskirk Dec. 4, 2017, after she allegedly failed to disclose assets. Investigators claim Dr. Van Buskirk filed for bankruptcy she had family members create companies for her to move money into.

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