Texas Doctor's Fraud Allegations Include Thousands Misdiagnosed

Texas Doctor's Fraud Allegations Include Thousands Misdiagnosed

The task force investigating Zamora-Quezada announced Monday that he was being indicted in a $240 million medical fraud case. The justice Department of South Texas alleged Zamora that he has taken hold of this lifestyle by doing unnecessary treatments and prescribing extremely expensive medication that he never gave to the patients.

John Cronan is assistant attorney general for the U.S. Justice Department's Criminal Division.

According to CNN, she began treatment for arthritis with the accused doctor five years ago, but it did not help and she was later told by other doctors concerned about the treatment that she did not have arthritis.

Investigators believe that Zamora-Quezada saw as many as 10,000 patients a year during the timeframe and are urging other victims to come forth and speak out against the doctor in a bid to get him behind bars. But various shell organisations were built to obscure the flow of money stemming from excessive and fraudulent treatments, the indictment said. Justice Department Nicole Navas Oxman stated that Zamora-Quezada has been taken in custody and the court date has been set to be on July 2 for the hearing. The disorder causes the immune system to mistakenly attack tissue and can be treated with various medications and chemotherapy drugs - which involve toxins that can damage healthy cells.

The Texas doctor and his partners created false patient records and hid thousands of actual medical records in a rundown barn in the Rio Grande Valley.

ProPublica revealed that Zamora-Quezada saw over 1,500 patients in 2015 alone and was paid $1,672 per patient, almost double the Texas average of $955.

A call to a phone number listed under Zamora-Quezada went unanswered, as did one of his Edinburg practice, Arthritis Ost. She said the treatment didn't help and she noticed discoloration in her leg.

Properties in Texas, Colorado and California were among those seized, in addition to a pair of penthouses in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. In 2006, the Texas Medical Board alleged he had billed for "improper, unreasonable, or medically or clinically unnecessary" treatment. He settled for a public reprimand, monitoring by fellow doctors and a $30,000 fine.

Zamora-Quezada didn't immediately respond Tuesday to a telephone message from The Associated Press.

He was also accused of sexually assaulting four former employees.

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