Disgraced orthopedic surgeon kills self at grave of mom rather than head to jail
A crooked Brooklyn doctor about to report to a federal lockup stopped first at his parents' gravesite, pulled out a gun and killed himself Friday.
Orthopedic surgeon Gregory Perrier, 46, pleaded guilty three years ago to filing phony bills and was due to turn himself in to serve a one-year sentence at noon.
When they arrived at Cypress Hills Cemetery on the Brooklyn-Queens border, Perrier fatally shot himself in the head, the source said.
He fell to the ground, face up, his left hand on his chest. There was a sports coat on his lap and a bouquet of mixed flowers at his side.
"I'm crushed," said a previous lawyer, Edward Sapone. "He had six wonderful children and a supportive wife."
Near the Dix Hills, L.I., home where Perrier lived, neighbors were stunned.
"He's a good man, a well-respected man," one said. "I know he was having some problems but to think it would come to this is just something else all together."
Perrier, who worked out of a Flatlands office, "got unfortunately caught up" in fraud with a colleague, Sapone said.
"I have this burning desire of helping my fellow haitians," he wrote.
With Matthew Lysiak
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