A McAllen oral surgeon accused of multiple federal charges has broken the silence after being acquitted by a jury.
Gary Schwarz TMs family, employees and friends hugged him after learning he was found not guilty in a Medicaid fraud case.
Federal officials filed the case against Schwarz, former Texas State Rep. Tara Rios Ybarra and several others last year.
U.S. District Court Judge Randy Crane dismissed charges against Rios and the others last month leaving Schwarz as the sole defendant in the case.
Judge Crane dismissed kickback charges against Schwarz but he still had to face trial for charges on attempt and conspiracy to commit mail fraud and healthcare fraud.
The trial started last Monday and went on for eight days..
The jury started deliberations late Wednesday afternoon and came back with a not guilty verdict on Friday.
Schwarz said has received a lot of support and is feeling an outpouring of emotions.
Gratitude to God for providing me with a family with the support of my church, friends family patients dentists who sustained me through this and then to be exonerated on Good Friday, Schwarz said. It boggles my mind. I can't get it into words."