In Jackson MS. Federal Court a judge has sent a physician to prison for her part in a massive fraud case operated out of a cancer clinic.
Dr. Meera Sachdeva, age 50, had pleaded guilty in July to a single charge of health care fraud and two charges of making false statements. According to court records, Sachdeva submitted claims for chemotherapy treatment at times when she wasn’t even in the country.
Upon sentencing, U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan said he was “appalled” at the way Dr. Meera Sachdeva treated patients at the most vulnerable times of their lives. Sachdeva had founded the Rose Cancer Center in 2005.
The State Health Department had already closed the Rose Cancer Clinic, in July 2011, after a dozen patients were hospitalized with the identical bacterial infection. The clinic was found to have “unsafe infection control practices.” It was found that disposable syringes were actually re-used, and different patients’ chemotherapy drugs were drawn from the same bag, which is strictly forbidden. The health scare led officials to test nearly 300 cancer patients for infections such as HIV, and a civil lawsuit now claims at least one patient died from HIV he contracted there.
Investigators were able to prove that Sachedeva stole just over $8,000,000 in less than six years.
The disgraced doctor refused to speak at the sentencing. She was escorted out of the courtroom wearing an orange prison jumpsuit and chains around her ankles, and carefully avoided looking at the dozens of victims’ and their families.
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In keeping with her Third World Assassin status, Meera Sachdeva is a naturalized citizen from India. She graduated from Calcutta Medical College in 1986. Investigators discovered she had transferred millions of stolen dollars into bank accounts in her native country, in addition to the $6 million authorities seized here.
Sachdeva is merely one of thousands of foreign-born doctors who have learned that plundering the U.S. healthcare system is about as simple as crime gets. And unless – and until – one gets outrageously greedy, their chances of being caught are miniscule.
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