Posts Tagged ‘physician’

Trial date set in doctor’s murder-for-hire case

GREENWOOD — A Greenwood doctor and one other man are set to stand trial April 22 in a murder-for-hire plot that prosecutors say unsuccessfully targeted a local attorney. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the trial date was set this week in Leflore County during a preliminary hearing for Dr. Arnold Smith and Cordarious Robinson. Smith pleaded […] [...]

Doctor gets 13 months in prison for dealing narcotics

COLUMBUS — A doctor has been sentenced to 13 months in federal prison on three counts of distributing narcotics. Dr. Mark Burtman of Columbus was sentenced in federal court in Oxford. Burtman was charged with illegally distributing prescription painkillers. He pleaded guilty to the three counts on June 28. In addition to the prison time, […] [...]

Sentencing postponed for three convicted of chemotherapy fraud

SUMMIT — A federal judge has rescheduled the sentencing hearing for a doctor and two others convicted in a multimillion-dollar fraud involving watered-down chemotherapy drugs and old needles. Dr. Meera Sachdeva, Brittany McCoskey and Monica Weeks had been scheduled for sentencing Nov. 16 in U.S. District Court in Jackson. That has been pushed back until […] [...]

Health care workforce study shows shortage of caregivers

NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — Of Mississippi’s 82 counties, 39 do not have a pediatrician serving the area and 49 have a designated shortage of primary care health care workers. These are just a few facts found among a collection of information on the state’s health care workforce in the newly revamped Northeast Mississippi Area Health Education […] [...]

Delta doctor, two others indicted in murder-for-hire plot

GREENWOOD — A Greenwood oncologist and two other men have been indicted in a murder-for-hire plot that prosecutors say unsuccessfully targeted a local attorney. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports Dr. Arnold Smith, Derrick Lacy and Cordarious Robinson were served with indictments this week. A Leflore County grand jury issued the indictments in August, but the documents […] [...]

Doctor accused of failed murder scheme sues would-be victim

GREENWOOD — A Mississippi doctor charged with plotting to kill his ex-wife’s divorce lawyer has filed a countersuit to a lawsuit filed by the attorney. Dr. Arnold Smith alleges in his countersuit that Greenwood attorney Lee Abraham secretly schemed with others to cause him “severe mental and emotional distress.” The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the countersuit […] [...]

Health Department inspects abortion clinic; owner expects citation

JACKSON — Health officials have inspected Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic, the first step in a process that could lead to its closure if a new state law survives a legal challenge. Following Monday’s inspection, the Mississippi Department of Health has 10 working days to issue findings. The Jackson Women’s Health Organization continues to perform abortions […] [...]

Physician pleads guilty to writing fake prescriptions; to repay $1.6M

NATCHEZ — A Mississippi physician who wrote fake prescriptions that helped defraud Medicare of more than $5 million lost her medical license and has been ordered in Baton Rouge, La., federal court to repay the insurer $1.6 million. Dr. Jo A. Francis, of Natchez, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit health care […] [...]

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