Giving Chemotherapy Based on False Diagnosis – Doctor Charged with $240 Million Health Care Fraud
Jorge Zamora-Quezada, 61, has been indicted for several crimes for his alleged role in a $240 million health care fraud and international money laundering scheme.
Charges in the Indictment
Zamora-Quezada is charged in federal court with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, five counts of health care fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. The government contends that he and several other co-defendants orchestrated a massive health care fraud scheme that jeopardized the health and wellbeing of its victims by “administering unnecessary chemotherapy and other toxic medications to patients” and cost the government millions of dollars. The indictment dates back to activity as far back as 2000.
The Government’s Allegations
As set forth in the indictment, Zamora-Quezada and his co-conspirators allegedly “falsely diagnosed vulnerable patients – including the young, elderly and disabled … with various degenerative diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis.” The government contends that the defendants administered serious medications based on false diagnoses. Further, Zamora-Quezada allegedly “conducted a battery of fraudulent, repetitive, and excessive medical procedures on patients in order to increase revenue and fund Zamora-Quezada’s lavish and opulent lifestyle.”
The government also alleges that the defendants created a money laundering scheme to hide the proceeds of their fraud “by dissipating, transforming and concealing the course and location of the fraud proceeds by investing such proceeds in commercial and residential real estate in the United States and Mexico.” By purchasing and renting out various properties, defendants “created the false appearance of legitimate wealth and income” and allegedly laundered proceeds through a money exchange house to various accounts held by financial institutions in Mexico.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, said: “The FBI is dedicated to working with our task force partners to address health care fraud, which is a growing and serious crime that impacts every city and small town in the nation. ”
Medicare Fraud Strike Force
The Criminal Division’s Fraud Section leads the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, a joint initiative between the Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to focus their efforts to prevent fraud around the country. HHS states that Medicare Strike Force Teams “have shut down health care fraud schemes around the country, arrested more than a thousand criminals, and recovered millions of taxpayer dollars.”
Aggressive Prosecution of Alleged Health Care Fraud
Because criminal charges for health care fraud are prosecuted so aggressively innocent people may become targets of investigation or even indictment. Conviction carries harsh penalties, including fines and imprisonment. If you have been accused of health care fraud or Medicare fraud, you need an attorney who understands the tactics and procedures the government will use to obtain a conviction. You need an attorney who can combat aggressive prosecutors.
Defending Against Aggressive Prosecution
As a former health care fraud prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office, Ashley D. Adams understands the government’s tactics and knows how to establish the best possible defense for your case. Our firm has successfully represented numerous health care clients, including hospitals, physicians, pharmacies, and other health care providers.
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