A McAllen federal judge will now consider the testimony presented during a 2-day hearing this week meant to determine how much money an Edinburg-based doctor illegally received in a massive healthcare fraud scheme.
Rheumatologist Jorge Zamora Quezada was convicted in January of healthcare fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy. He’d been found to have purposely misdiagnosed patients, and using the diagnoses to order unnecessary treatments.
Prosecutors and the doctor’s attorneys were back in McAllen federal court this week to determine the exact amount of money Zamora Quezada illegally billed the patients’ health insurers, which was initially estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
The amount will be used by the judge to determine the severity of the punishment when Zamora Quezada is sentenced.