Federal Trial Postponed in Las Vegas Hep C Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Federal trial for a former Las Vegas physician-clinic owner and his office manager in a 2007 hepatitis C outbreak is being delayed until later this year.

Court records show that U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro agreed last week to postpone trial for Dipak Desai and Tonya Rushing from May 7 to Aug. 20.

Desai and a former nurse-anesthetist employee are standing trial on separate criminal charges in state court in Las Vegas.

In federal court, Desai and Rushing have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and health care fraud charges stemming from the hepatitis C outbreak.

The federal grand jury accused them of overbilling for anesthesia and medical procedures at the Endoscopy Center of Nevada, Gastroenterology Center of Nevada and Desert Shadow Endoscopy Center in Las Vegas.


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