Investigators found that a rheumatologist from Texas intentionally falsely diagnosed patients to give them treatments they didn’t need to fund his lavish lifestyle. Dr. Jorge Zamora-Quezada allegedly prescribed even chemotherapy to patients that had no use of it.
The 61-year-old doctor is now accused of running a health care fraud worth $240 million which included false treatments and misdiagnoses. Some patients were told that they had rheumatoid arthritis or cancer so that the doc could get more money.
Zamora-Quezada allegedly used the money to buy several luxury homes in Mexico and Colorado, a private jet plane, and a luxury car that had his initials on it. One of his former patients, Maria Zapata, told investigators that she visited the doctor because her knees were hurting.
Zamora-Quezada told her she had arthritis and prescribed her injections in her knees. When the woman’s husband questioned the treatment, the doctor assured the couple that the shots would “strengthen the cartilage” in no time.
When her legs become discolored, the woman went to a second specialist who told her that she had been misdiagnosed.
Doctor Was Behind International Money-Laundering Scheme
Former patient Nora Rodriguez recalls that the doctor violently removed her from his office when she asked him why she wasn’t getting any better with the treatment he had prescribed.
He kept getting upset when I was asking him why I was feeling worse and not getting better,
the woman told CNN.
She added that Zamora-Quezada yelled at her and asked her to get out of the office as she was no longer his patient.
Prosecutors reported that the doctor’s office was a hub for a $240 million money-laundering scheme that was run from Mexico.
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