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Shreveport trauma surgeon convicted of stealing over $200,000 in Social Security benefits

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Published: Feb. 1, 2019 at 5:02 PM CST
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A Shreveport trauma surgeon was found guilty on Friday of stealing more than $200,000 in Social Security disability payments, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

58-year-old John R. Owings, Chief of Trauma at Louisiana State University – Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, was charged with 21 counts, including 20 counts of theft of government property and one count of concealing or failing to disclose an event affecting right to a government benefit. He was found guilty on all counts after 10 hours of jury deliberation.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Owings applied for benefits in 2008. They say he returned to work in 2012 and continued to receive those benefits until June 2017.

Officials say Owings started working the University of California-Davis in 2012, making $22,000 a month. The next year, he was hired at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport as trauma chief. He was paid over $40,000 a month at this job.

Officials say he did not notify the Social Security Administration of his employment at those times.

Sentencing is set for May 29, 2019. The U.S. Attorney's Office says Owings faces up to ten years imprisonment for theft of government property and five years imprisonment for concealing or failing to disclose an event affecting right to a Title II benefit. Owings also faces up to three years supervised release and a $250,000 fine for each count.