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Oklahoma doctor faces prison after billing for abortions when patients were not pregnant

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7704 (Published 16 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7704
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1Montreal

An Oklahoma abortion doctor falsely diagnosed pregnancy in women so that he could bill them for abortion pills, charges filed by the state’s attorney general have stated.

Nareshkumar Patel, 62, faces as long as three years in prison if convicted on three counts of obtaining money under a false pretense for false diagnoses he gave to three undercover female agents—one from the state medical licensure board, one a police detective, and one from the attorney general’s office. He gave them pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, told them that they were pregnant, which they were not, …

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