A Northern California physician has been found guilty on felony charges in Oroville of faking evidence to dodge a speeding ticket. We suspect when he thinks about it over this Mother’s Day weekend, he might guess that he ought to have just paid the ticket.
Doctor Nickesh P Shah, age 49 and a resident of San Francisco, was tried and convicted in Butte County Court in a case that had gone on for 4 years.
Shah could have solved his problems a long time ago, on the night he was stopped by a California Highway Patrol officer in April, 2013, for driving at a speed of 95 mph on state highway 99. But the daffy doc thought it was smarter to lie, and tell the officer that he was en route to a medical emergency. After all, he was a doctor and doctors get to break the rules made for lesser folks. He needed to get to the Enloe Medical Center.
But cops know all about being lied to – so the CHP officer called his medical assistant. Unfortunately for the fibbing physician, the assistant told the truth: “no emergency anywhere, just a doctor who’s late for work.”
So speedy Shah got a ticket.
A few weeks went by, and then the Butte County District Attorney’s Office got a letter from the hospital saying that their esteemed Doctor Shah really had been rushing to an emergency that night, and his ticket should be dismissed. But it just so happens that prosecutors also know just a skosh about being lied to themselves. So they made a phone call to the hospital administration and lo & behold, the letter was fake.
So the scallywag MD scammed up a fake letter on hospital letterhead and dropped it in the mail box. Who’s gonna know?
In court on November 22, the letter was proven to be bogus by the prosecutor. So the lab coat loon was found guilty of speeding and fined $500.
Oh, that was just was trial #1.
In trial #2, Shah faced a whole lot more that a traffic citation. He learned first-hand what a Felony False Evidence case looks like in a jury trial.
“This doctor turned a traffic ticket, otherwise eligible for traffic school, into a felony, which reflects moral turpitude and calls into question how fit he is to serve as a physician. He is now facing up to three years, eight months in county prison.” (District Attorney Mike Ramsey)
Oh. And the Enloe Medical Center he was rushing to on that fateful night? Nobody by that name on staff. Nope. They never even heard of him. Go figure.
Dumbo Shah is scheduled to be sentenced in June.
Nickesh P Shah is an immigrant from the Middle East. Like far too many immigrant MDs, he already knew how appallingly easy it is (usually) to scam vapid American systems. He lied and he scammed because – for the most part – the United States makes criminal immigrant misbehavior so easy.
Trust us, we have not heard the last of Doctor Nickesh P Shah. He’ll be back in the news soon in another public screw-up. Stay tuned.
Because we get precisely what we tolerate.