With the integrity of the USDA's pseudorabies eradication program at risk, a federal judge in January sentenced a Pella, Iowa veterinarian for making false statements to the agency in connection with the submission of blood samples for testing.
"We are close to eradicating pseudorabies from the United States," said Dr. Craig A. Reed, administrator of the USDA-APHIS. "Falsifying blood tests could cause the spread of pseudorabies, setting us back years and negating the efforts of swine producers, state governments, and USDA."
Dr. Bradley W. Boswell was charged April 27, 2000 with submitting false certifications of swine blood samples to the USDA's pseudorabies eradication program. He was also charged with attempting to persuade other persons to support his false statements. He was found guilty on two counts of making false statements to USDA on Sept 7.
On Dec 1, Judge Herold Vietor sentenced Bradley to 30 days' confinement, five months' home confinement, a $10,000 fine, and two years' supervised release and restitution. Dr. Boswell is not an AVMA member.
Dr. Boswell had an agreement with USDA-APHIS Veterinary Services to be a fee veterinarian for the pseudorabies eradication program. In spring 1998, he submitted false statements on several occasions regarding the number of hogs bled and submitted altered samples to Veterinary Services.
"We hope that this conviction will send the proper message to our swine producers," Dr. Reed said, "that we are diligent in our efforts to eradicate pseudorabies, a disease that costs them $30 million a year in lost production, vaccination, testing."
The case is now on appeal with the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.