(STL.News) – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that Dr. Andrew J. Van Atta, age 37, from Wasilla, Alaska, was sentenced today to three years of probation for a fraudulent scheme in which VAN ATTA impersonated other doctors while submitting paid surveys.
VAN ATTA pled guilty on November 18, 2019, to the one-count indictment that charged him with committing wire fraud from January of 2017 through May of 2018. According to court documents, starting in January of 2017, when VAN ATTA was a medical student, and continuing after he graduated, VAN ATTA used multiple email accounts and PayPal accounts to impersonate numerous other physicians while filling out surveys with a survey company that paid VAN ATTA for surveys that the victim company believed were completed by various other physicians. The company paid VAN ATTA a total of over $114,000 for the surveys completed under the fake names.
Judge Susie Morgan sentenced VAN ATTA to three years of probation. Judge Morgan will hold a restitution hearing for October 27, 2020.