POCATELLO — Steven L. Young, an Idaho man previously incarcerated in Utah on unrelated charges, was ordered to repay $63,192.96 and sentenced to 15 months (which he has already served) and three years of supervised release for theft of public funds. Young also settled a parallel civil case after he admitted violating the False Claims Act.
According to court records, Young was licensed as a physician assistant in Utah. He applied for and received a payment of $50,000 through the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program (NHSCLR), a program designed to recruit and retain medical professionals in eligible communities in need. Under the program, healthcare professionals can receive a bursary to help repay eligible student loans.
Young received an NHSCLR payment on September 30, 2016. Prior to receiving the payment, he agreed to certain conditions as part of his participation in the program. Young knowingly violated the terms of his agreement when he surrendered his medical license on June 28, 2016 and was fired from his job. Although he agreed to use the loan money to pay off his eligible student loans, Young spent the money on ineligible expenses.
Young pleaded guilty to theft of government funds on March 30, 2022. At sentencing, Chief U.S. District Judge David C. Nye ordered Young to repay the $50,000 loan and $13,192.96 in accrued interest. The loan bears interest if the obligations and requirements of the NHSCLR program are not met and the loan is not repaid.
U.S. Attorney Josh Hurwit, District of Idaho, made the announcement and commended the efforts of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Inspector General, and the Health Resources and Services Administration, which led to charges.