Texas doctor charged with falsely diagnosing and treating patients
SAN ANTONIO - Investigators have charged a doctor with offices in San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley for a $240 million health care fraud and international money laundering scheme.
Jorge Zamora-Quezada, 61, of Mission, Texas, was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, five counts of health care fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
According to an unsealed indictment, Zamora-Quezada “falsely diagnosed vulnerable patients” with diseases like rheumatoid arthritis as a way to create a “substantial source of revenue.” Investigators also accused him of administering "chemotherapy and other toxic medications to patients" and directing his staff to "increase the number of medical procedures performed on patients in order to generate profits and pay the salaries of his employees."
Investigators said even after he was publicly reprimanded and put on notice by the Texas Medical Board, he continued his false and fraudulent practices. When patients would ask for their records so that they could get a second opinion, he would conceal the records from other rheumatologists, the indictment said.
The FBI said Zamora-Quezada currently has a practice in a building located in the 8100 block of Datapoint Drive in San Antonio and another practice in Edinburg, Texas.
Since he has been practicing medicine since 2000, the FBI believed there could be a number of victims ranging from 12 years old to senior citizens.
"Tracking down the victims is really important and that is because they could be currently receiving treatment that is harmful to their health and being able to stop that as soon as possible could be vitally important,” Michelle Lee said.
The indictment alleged Zamora-Quezada and his co-conspirators flew in Zamora-Quezada's million-dollar private jet or drove in his Maserati, which were both emblazoned with his initials "ZQ" between his offices in the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio in order to perpetuate the fraud. He and his co-conspirators transferred the proceeds derived from the conspiracy to purchase private jets, luxury vehicles, clothing from high-end retailers such as Louis Vuitton and exclusive real estate located throughout the United States and Mexico, investigators said. He and his co-conspirators allegedly obstructed investigations by causing the creation of false and fictitious patient records and concealed thousands of medical records from Medicare by stashing them in an unsecured and dilapidated barn located in the Rio Grande Valley.
The indictment also alleged Zamora-Quezada and his co-conspirators laundered the proceeds of their fraud scheme by dissipating, transforming and concealing the source and location of the fraud proceeds by investing such proceeds in commercial and residential real estate in the United States and Mexico. Among other properties, he and his co-conspirators acquired two penthouses in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; a condominium in Aspen, Colorado; a condominium in Punta Mita, Mexico; and multiple homes and commercial properties located throughout Texas. He then created the false appearance of legitimate wealth and income by renting the various commercial and residential properties that he acquired to individuals and entities, according to the indictment. Zamora-Quezada and his co-conspirators allegedly laundered the proceeds through a casa de cambio, or money exchange house, to various accounts maintained by financial institutions in Mexico.
The case was being investigated by the HHS-OIG's McAllen Field Office, FBI's San Antonio Division-McAllen Resident Agency's Rio Grande Valley Health Care Fraud Task Force and the McAllen Complex Financial Crimes Task Force.
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