A Georgia hospital technician was sentenced to up to six months in jail after she admitted to faking mammogram records for 1,289 patients, 10 of whom had breast cancer.
Rachael Rapraeger, 33, pleaded guilty to manipulating mammograms at Perry Hospital, telling patients their results were clear, when a doctor had never reviewed the exams.
Ten of the patients did have breast cancer and two of the women died.
Rapraeger claimed she lied because she was behind at work.
“You played Russian roulette with the lives of essentially a thousand women in this community,” Houston County Superior Judge Katherine Lumsden told the Macon woman during sentencing Tuesday.
Rapraeger was given 10 years probation and a $12,500 fine. She will not be allowed to work in the healthcare industry for the next 10 years, according to the sentencing sheet.
She was released on $50,000 bond this week. She’s a free woman until a bed opens up at a yet-to-be-determined state probation-detention facility, according to her attorney Frank Buford.
One victim, Sharon Holmes, was given a false mammogram from Rapraeger in December 2009. Two months later she learned she had breast cancer and it had spread to her lymph nodes.
Holmes, whose cancer had been in remission for three years, appeared in court to confront Rapraeger.
“You could have made a different decision, and my family and I would not be living this nightmare,” Holmes said.
She told WMAZ she was not happy with the sentencing.
“If I’m living a sentence of having cancer then you should live a sentence also: behind bars,” she said.
Another victim, Miriam Mizell, wasn’t able to appear at the sentencing because she died of breast cancer in January 2012 at age 63.
Mizell said Rapraeger gave her a clean mammogram report in 2008, but a 2010 mammogram came back positive.
“I was lied to from the beginning,” Mizell told WMAZ in a September 2010 interview.