Doctor and wife accused of health care fraud plead not guilty to new charges
A doctor and his wife both accused of charges of health care fraud have pleaded not guilty to new charges filed last week.
On Tuesday, Dr.Jorge Zamora-Quezada, a rheumatologist who owned at least three South Texas clinics, and his wife, Meizy Zamora, appeared in federal court.
Both are facing new charges money laundering and tampering with a witness, according to a superseding indictment unsealed last week.
The indictment alleges that two employees of the clinic owned by Jorge Zamora-Quezada and allegedly operated in part by Meizy Zamora helped the couple carry out a health fraud scheme.
Jorge Zamora-Quezada is accused of misdiagnosing and mistreating patients. An FBI spokesperson previously told CBS 4 there could be upward of 10,000 possible victims of the doctor.
During Meizy Zamora’s detention hearing last month, prosecutors argued that Meizy Zamora had instructed staff to change billing codes and alter medical records following a federal investigation into the couple’s clinic.
At that hearing, Meizy Zamora’s bond was denied, the judge stating that she could be a flight-risk if released.
Jorge-Zamora Quezada has been in the U.S. Marshall’s custody since May.
During Tuesday’s arraignment, Meizy Zamora’s attorney requested permission for his client and her husband to have contact, stating that they had not seen each other for at least 30 days.
The judge allowed Meizy Zamora to remain in the courtroom during her husband’s arraignment on the new charges.
Both are due back in court in next month.
The two employees of the clinic owned by Zamora- Quezada --Estella Santos Natera, who worked as a billing supervisor and Felix Ramos, who assisted Zamora-Quezada in his financial affairs -- have both pleaded not guilty to charges filed against them.
They are both out on bond pending future court hearings.