SCRANTON – A physician who had worked at Wayne Memorial Hospital faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court to income tax evasion, prosecutors said.

Dr. Robert Gorrell Jr., 66, admitted to engaging in a years-long pattern of activities to avoid paying more than $148,000 in tax, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District in Pennsylvania.

During the plea hearing before U.S. District Judge Malachy E. Mannion, the doctor said he caused his tax preparer to file Form 1040 tax returns and Form 433-A collection statements that falsely claimed he paid for his own medical malpractice insurance.

He also admitted that he forged documents from Wayne Memorial Hospital and from an insurance company to support those false claims.

Gorrell further admitted to withholding from the IRS information about bank accounts under his control, and about his ownership of a Porsche Cayenne, to impede collection efforts.

Gorrell no longer works at Wayne Memorial.

A sentencing date was not released.

The investigation was conducted by the Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS. Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip J. Caraballo is prosecuting the case.