Government Doctor Gets Caught in Lies Testifying for Defendants in Asbestos Litigation
A former doctor at the National Institutes of Heath has recently been found guilty of a felony by violation of 18 USC §1001, Making a False Statement on his Financial Disclosure Forms. Dr. Jack W. Snyder faces a sentence of one year of probation, a $200,000 fine, and 160 hours of community service after pleading guilty to the charges. While working as a government employee, Dr. Snyder was not allowed to hold any other outside jobs without the permission of his boss and ethics officals within the National Institutes of Heath. Dr. Snyder ignored this rule and began testifying on behalf of companies involved in asbestos litigation. A full summary of his actions can be seen in this document.
According to supporting documents, Dr. Snyder was paid around $600,000 from these clients, who were commonly defendants in asbestos litigation. Dr. Snyder posed as an expert witness in at least six cases and claimed that the asbestos his clients used in their products was incapable of causing mesothelioma. His employer, the National Institute of Health, has quite a different take on the danger of asbestos and its ability to cause mesothelioma. In fact, asbestos is currently the only known cause of mesothelioma.
The blatant lies that Dr. Snyder made under oath outraged me. I promptly sent letters to Dr. Snyder's boss, the Director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Elias Zerhouni, and the Office of Inspector General. We called for an immediate investigation into Dr. Snyder's side work as a consultant.
My letter eventually caught the eye of the U.S. Attorney and an official investigation was launched to uncover the legality behind of Dr. Snyder's actions. According to the investigation, Dr. Snyder was running a private consulting practice out of his government office and home, and was earning a higher income testifying for asbestos product manufacturers than he ever had as a government doctor. Dr. Snyder was recently convicted of one count violating 18 USC §1001, Making a False Statement on his Financial Disclosure Forms.
Other Supporting Documents
- Official Press Release
- Plea Offer and Agreement
- Letter to Elias Zerhouni, MD
- Transcript of the Proceedings
- Statement of Facts Plea
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