Dec 4, 2012 8:35 AM by AP

Lafayette doctor to report to prison by Dec. 17

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A former Lafayette cardiologist has agreed to report to prison by Dec. 17 after losing his appeal to overturn a health care fraud conviction.

Dr. Mehmood M. Patel was sentenced to 10 years in prison in June 2009 following a three-month trial in which a jury convicted him on 51 counts of federal health care fraud.

Patel has remained free since 2009 while appealing the case. The 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld his conviction in August and last month turned down a request by the former doctor to reconsider.

Patel's attorney had asked the appellate court to allow him to remain free pending a request to the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.

The appeals court last week denied the request.


Information from: The Advocate,




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