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Cardiologist arrested on fraud charges
Cardiologist arrested on fraud charges

BY A STAFF WRITER

ELKO, NV: Dr. Devendra Patel, an Elko, Nevada cardiologist, has been arrested on 39 charges of unlawful distribution of prescription opioids and Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

Dr. Patel, 58, is charged with 36 counts of distribution of controlled substances such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, and three counts of health care fraud.

Patel is a cardiologist at his medical practice Northeastern Nevada Cardiology. The statutory maximum penalty for distribution of a controlled substance is 10 years in prison and the maximum penalty for health care fraud is 10 years in prison.

“Dr. Patel is the first person to be charged in Nevada since the formation of the Justice Department’s Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit,” said acting U.S. Attorney Myhre.

Dr. Patel is a graduate of M.S. University Medical College, Vadodara, India and completed his residency at the Catholic Medical Center, Jamaica, New York. He has also completed his fellowship at the St. Luke’s Rosevelt Hospital, New York.

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Update: 23-December-2017

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