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Facing felony charges while serving a court sentence

Being convicted and sentenced for a crime is no guarantee that a person will not run into further legal trouble. The case of a former surgeon currently serving time in a New York prison is evidence of that. The former orthopedic doctor is now facing felony charges regarding allegations that he committed fraud following a prior arrest on a separate matter and while serving a sentence for the conviction that was handed down in that case.

The man was convicted of health care fraud. The New York State Inspector General's Office reported that new charges have now been filed against him, including aggravated identity theft and wire fraud. The 49-year-old is accused of stealing a currently licensed physician's identity, then using it to bill close to $900,000 worth of workers' compensation case reviews.

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York says the man is not licensed to perform these types of reviews. The man was apparently residing at his Hopewell Junction home on a recent Tuesday morning when authorities suddenly showed up and arrested him. A U.S. Magistrate charged him that same day.

Officials claim payments for the supposedly erroneous case reviews were deposited into a bank account associated with a business that is owned and run by relatives of the defendant. The accused is also reportedly facing several medical malpractice lawsuits. No matter how serious allegations associated with felony charges may be, anyone who stands accused in New York or elsewhere may secure defense support to try to obtain as positive an outcome as possible in court.

Source: poughkeepsiejournal.com, "Panos: New federal fraud charges for disgraced ex-surgeon", Nina Schutzman, April 12, 2018

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