Government calls last witness in doctor’s alleged fraud trial

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EDINBURG, Texas – After a month of testimony, the government prepares to close it’s case, calling their last witness in the trial of Dr. Jorge Zamora Quezada who stands accused of diagnosing thousands of Valley patients with arthritis diseases for profit.

The government’s last witness, a medical fraud examiner, testifying Dr. Quezada had the highest number of Rheumatoid Arthritis patients claiming Quezada had 1,350 patients per year versus other doctors who had less than 400.

The expert explained Medicare became suspicious of Quezada because he was billing the insurance company for over 100 patients a day. Meaning each patient was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis within a 10 to 15 minute doctor visit. The expert saying that is nearly impossible to diagnose that quickly.

During his testimony, the witness added Quezada submitted an average of 35 tests per patient ever year. Saying that was true for 3,000 patients in 2006 and although that number dropped to 1,500 in 2016, the number of tests increased to 40 per patient

During cross-examination, defense attorney placed doubt in the credibility of the witnesses testimony after dates on the patient’s charts submitted for evidence by the insurance company, did not match. When Quezada’s attorney questioned the witness why he submitted wrong claims to the court, the witness testified he wanted paperwork to match the indictment even though he knew the dates were wrong. Prompting the defense to believe the witness submitted wrong paperwork to side with the government’s case.

Defense is expected to call their first witness tomorrow morning.

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