MCALLEN, Texas – The judge has found Felix Ramos, Dr. Jorge Zamora Quezada’s accountant, not guilty of the money laundering, due to insufficient evidence. The judge also dropped the charges of Money Laundering and Obstruction of Justice for the doctor’s wife, Meisy Zamora. That obstruction of justice charge also dropped for Estella Natera, the doctor’s medical billing supervisor.
However, Quezada, his wife and Natera still face the charge of Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud.
During closing statements prosecutors alleged Quezada diagnosed 1,300 patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis per year for nearly two decades. Reportedly billing insurance companies over $325 million. Prosecutors went on saying Quezada’s goal was to capture vulnerable patients and falsely diagnose them and provide unnecessary services later. To allegedly create fake patient records to get paid more from the insurance companies.
Prosecutors accused Meisy Zamora of allowing unlicensed personnel to perform injections on patients in her desire to allegedly make quotas. Natera is accused of falsifying records to submit to insurance companies to keep the money flowing.
The defense argued back saying the government failed to prove that Quezada ordered unnecessary tests, adding prosecutors only brought angry former employees who were upset at Quezada for firing them. The defense accused prosecutors of inflating numbers submitted as evidence by including claims that did not have Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis and presenting them as such.