As the most reliable and balanced news aggregation service on the internet, DML News offers the following information published Monday by the Department of Justice, at JUSTICE.GOV:

A physician based in the McAllen, Texas area was charged in an indictment unsealed today for his role in a $240 million health care fraud and international money laundering scheme.

Jorge Zamora-Quezada, 61, of Mission, Texas, was charged in a seven-count indictment filed in the Southern District of Texas.  He 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.  Zamora-Quezada had his initial court appearance earlier today. His detention hearing is tomorrow, May 15, at 2 p.m. CDT before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter E. Ormsby in the McAllen Division of the Southern District of Texas.

The article goes on to state the following:

As set forth in the indictment, from 2000 through the filing of the indictment, Zamora-Quezada and his co-conspirators falsely diagnosed vulnerable patients — including the young, elderly and disabled, from the Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio, and elsewhere — with various degenerative diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis.  He and his co-conspirators then administered chemotherapy and other toxic medications to the patients based on that false diagnosis.  In addition to falsely diagnosing patients, Zamora-Quezada and his co-conspirators allegedly conducted a battery of fraudulent, repetitive, and excessive medical procedures on patients in order to increase revenue and fund Zamora-Quezada’s lavish and opulent lifestyle.

The indictment alleges that 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.  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 alleges that 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.  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 indictment seeks the forfeiture of Zamora-Quezada’s personal jet, Maserati and multiple residential and commercial properties in the United States and Mexico.

The Department of Justice also reported:

“Jorge Zamora-Quezada allegedly orchestrated a massive fraud scheme that jeopardized the health and wellbeing of innocent children, elderly, and disabled victims,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Cronan.  “The allegations that Zamora-Quezada violated his oath to do no harm by administering unnecessary chemotherapy and other toxic medications to patients with serious diseases — including some of the most vulnerable victims imaginable — are almost beyond comprehension.  The Criminal Division is committed to combatting health care fraud and protecting victims of reprehensible schemes like the one alleged in this case.”

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