A Texas doctor has been indicted on seven counts of health care fraud after allegedly administering “chemotherapy and other toxic medications” based on false diagnoses. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) estimates that 61-year-old Dr Jorge Zamora-Quezada victimized thousands of people, many of whom were undocumented immigrants.
According to a federal unsealed indictment, Zamora-Quezada and unnamed co-conspirators intentionally misdiagnosed patients with various degenerative diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, to allegedly defraud health insurers by billing unnecessary treatments.
After nearly two decades of criminal activity, the fraud charges total $240 million. Authorities say the money-laundering scheme ultimately funded the doctor’s “lavish and opulent lifestyle”. Zamora-Quezada commuted between his two offices using a million-dollar private jet and a Maserati – both of which were emblazoned with his initials.
“Jorge Zamora-Quezada allegedly orchestrated a massive fraud scheme that jeopardized the health and well-being of innocent children, elderly, and disabled victims,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General John P Cronan in a statement. “The allegations that Zamora-Quezada violated his oath to do no harm by administering unnecessary chemotherapy and other toxic medications to patients with serious diseases – including some of the most vulnerable victims imaginable – are almost beyond comprehension.”