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Cancer Doctor Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

August 19, 2014

Dr. Meera Sachdeva of Jackson, Mississippi was sentenced to 20 years in prison and ordered to repay approximately $8.2 million for fraud at the former Rose Cancer Center in Summit, Mississippi according to a recent article in USA Today.  Kristi Beeson, a former employee, and three other whistleblowers filed suit against Sachdeva and reported wrongdoing at the clinic to authorities according to the Clarion-Ledger.  Sachdeva allegedly re-used syringes and drew multiple patients chemotherapy drugs from the same bag.  It is also alleged that Sachdeva submitted claims for chemotherapy services provided while she was out of the country.  Sachdeva pleaded guilty in July 2014 to one count of health care fraud and two counts of making false statements.  Brittany McCoskey, Rose Cancer Center’s office manager, and Monica Weeks, who conducted the billing for Rose Cancer Center, were also sentenced for their roles in committing the fraud.

Dr. Sachdeva opened the Rose Cancer Center in 2005.  In July 2011, the Mississippi Health Department closed the facility after 11 patients were hospitalized for the same bacterial infection.  Sachdeva has been held without bond since she was arrested in August 2011 because she is considered a flight risk.

To report health care fraud, please contact Frohsin & Barger.

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