Trial of doctor accused of fraud now in third week

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MCALLEN, Texas – Trial for a former Valley doctor allegedly involved in a health care fraud scheme is in its third week. Dr. Jorge Zamora Quezada along with his wife and two of their employees are accused of defrauding insurance companies for decades.

It’s been three weeks full of testimony from alleged victims and doctors that took over Dr. Quezada’s patients. The jury has even heard from a major insurance company that claims Quezada defrauded Blue Cross in millions of dollars. The company’s representative testified Quezada was terminated from their in-network doctors after the company established he had higher numbers of diagnostic procedures than other doctors.

Today the jury heard from a Texas Medical Board expert who testified that Quezada received a letter back in 2010 from the board. In that letter the board addressing concerns regarding 32 patients records and Quezada’s alleged failure to document the reasons behind certain tests. The board representative stated this issue came to light after the board noticed every visit in Quezada’s office looked similar. Adding every patient had the same tests done, the same results, and the same medicine prescribed.

The witness went on claiming that Quezada constantly ordered expensive tests. Highlighting almost all patients got injected and prescribed medication before even getting test results back.

According to the board representative, Quezada responded to that letter saying he had been practicing medicine for 25 years and had never been accused of such things. When asked to provide medical records for the patients in question, the representative says Quezada stated it was hard to obtain documents because of the location of his office. Saying most patients get treated in Mexico or are Winter Texans.

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