“We are ready to officially call this a suicide and we’re confident that the Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the manner of death was suicide. There was video inside the business that shows the doctor was alone at the time of his death. And he left several notes.” (Sergeant Andrew Alcorn, Frederick Criminal Investigations Division)
In the city of Frederick a physician found dead in his clinic two weeks ago most likely committed suicide, according to city investigators.
Police say that Doctor Sandeep Sherlekar’s body was discovered early Friday morning, September 30, not long after he had been named in a federal criminal indictment.
The Maryland Chief Medical Examiner Office has not yet publicized details of the death, but law enforcement in Frederick did say that evidence they found proved that Sherlekar took his own life.
Sherlekar, age 51, operated a clinic called The American Spine Center on Key Parkway in Frederick. Investigators believe the doctor died of an intended overdose, based on evidence gathered at the scene.
A federal grand jury in Maryland brought charges against the doctor along with four other medical professionals last June, in a kickback scam that illegally netted $1,400,000 in a 14-month period. Another physician, Doctor Atif Malik, was also arrested. The scheming doctors made 1/4 million dollars each. Named in the indictment are the following foreign=born scamsters:
- Sandeep Sherlekar, MD, age 51
- Atif Malik, MD, age 46
- Muhammad Ahmad Khan, CEO, age 43
- Mubtagha Shah Syed, age 49
Konstantin Bas, age 40
According to David Fitz, spokesman for the FBI field office in Baltimore, Sherlekar’s death will not change the federal case against the others.
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