Desai Pleads Not Guilty In Hepatitis C Case 6-11-2010 - FOX5 Vegas - KVVU

Desai Pleads Not Guilty In Hepatitis C Case 6-11-2010

Disgraced physician Dr. Depak Desai, who operated several southern Nevada clinics linked to the 2008 hepatitis C outbreak, pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of racketeering, negligence and insurance fraud.
He will go to trial March 14, 2011.
Desai, 60, was indicted last week, more than two years after the outbreak that infected 106 people and forced 50,000 to be tested for hepatitis C, B and HIV.
Authorities said workers at Desai’s clinics, including the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada, reused vials of injected anesthetic on patients, increasing the spread of the viruses.
Two of Desai’s employees, 74-year-old Keith Mathahs and 63-year-old Ronald Lakeman, have also been charged in the case.
Mathahs was arraigned Wednesday and is being held on $500,000 bail. Lakeman was arrested earlier this week in Georgia.
Desai posted $1 million bail and has been on house arrest. He was stripped of his medical license in February.
The Southern Nevada Health District spent $16 million during its two-year investigation into the outbreak.
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Several lawsuits are still pending against Desai and his partners. Only one has gone to trial and resulted in two drug companies, Teva Parenteral Medicines and Baxter Healthcare, being found liable for a Las Vegas man’s hepatitis C diagnosis.
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A jury awarded $505 million in damages to Henry Chanin and his wife.
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