"Today's indictment is the first step in holding Dr. Zamora-Quezada accountable for his allegedly egregious criminal conduct", C.J. Porter, special agent of the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General's Dallas Region said in a statement. He alleges Zamora-Quezada orchestrated the fraud scheme and put the health of children, elderly and disabled patients in jeopardy.
The indictment against Zamora-Quezada could land him in prison for decades. The Texas doctor is in custody and a court date has been set for July 2, Justice Department spokeswoman Nicole Navas Oxman said on Thursday. If you believe the unsealed indictment, Zamora-Quesada also owned medical practices in Edinburg, San Antonio, and Brownsville where he practiced rheumatology.
The Texas doctor and his partners created false patient records and hid thousands of actual medical records in a rundown barn in the Rio Grande Valley.
The indictment also stated that there were various shell organizations that were built to obscure the flow of money stemming from excessive and fraudulent treatments.
ProPublica revealed that Zamora-Quezada saw over 1,500 patients in 2015 alone and was paid $1,672 per patient, almost double the Texas average of $955.
According to CNN, she began treatment for arthritis with the accused doctor five years ago, but it did not help and she was later told by other doctors concerned about the treatment that she did not have arthritis.
"He kept getting upset when I was asking him why I was feeling worse and not getting better", she said. Zamora had been alleged to be doing the crime since 2000 and from thousands of patients.
Properties in Texas, Colorado and California were among those seized, in addition to a pair of penthouses in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. In 2006, the Texas Medical Board alleged he had billed for "improper, unreasonable, or medically or clinically unnecessary" treatment.
Zamora-Quezada later settled for a public reprimand, monitoring by other doctors and a $30 000 fine.
He was also accused of sexually assaulting four former employees.