Lafayette

Aug 21, 2012 9:13 AM by AP

Federal prosecutors want doctor in prison

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a former cardiologist who has been free for more than three years after his conviction on health care fraud charges should report to prison after losing his appeal.

An attorney for Dr. Mehmood Patel told The Advocate Monday that he will seek to have the doctor remain free pending further appeals.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed Patel's conviction and 10-year prison sentence last week for billing government and private insurers for what prosecutors alleged was more than $2 million in unnecessary heart procedures.

The prosecutors wrote the recent denial of the Patel's appeal demonstrates that there is no longer a reason to treat him differently from other convicted felons.

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