Thursday, July 9, 2015

Not Long Enough

The doctor who started a huge health care scandal in Las Vegas, that harmed, emotionally and physically, thousands of people was sentenced to prison today.
From the LVRJ:
After years of silence, Dr. Dipak Desai spoke publicly Thursday about the 2007 hepatitis C outbreak at his once-busy endoscopy center.
“I’m sorry sir, sorry,” Desai said in an emotional voice, as Senior U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks in Reno was about to sentence him to 71 months in prison for his role in a multimillion-dollar health care fraud scheme tied to the deadly outbreak.
Before that, in a Las Vegas courtroom linked by video conference, Assistant U.S. Attorney Crane Pomerantz spoke of his disdain for the man at the center of the outbreak.
Crane called Desai a “despicable human being” who has shown an “utter lack of remorse.”
He said Desai was driven in his medical practice by “wanton, crass greed.”
“This was a defendant who was living the American dream and it wasn’t enough,” Pomerantz said. “No amount of money has been enough for this defendant.”
Desai, a gastroenterologist, gave up his license in 2008 after health officials disclosed the outbreak.
Hicks credited Desai for roughly 30 months behind bars since he was criminally charged in state courts, but also ordered him to pay $2.2 million in restitution to the health insurance agencies defrauded in the scheme and to forfeit $2.2 million to the government.
The sentence ends the high-profile criminal proceedings in what federal prosecutors call the “greatest public health crisis ever” in Las Vegas.
The federal prison time is to run concurrently with Desai’s state sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 18 years.
This isn't a sentence especially since the sentence runs concurrent to the State of Nevada sentence.  Because of this, the sentence means nothing.
And good luck with getting any money from this thug doctor.  Most has been eaten up by medical bills and lawyer bills.
The judge should had the sentence run consecutively.

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