Doctor owns a jet and Maserati by prescribing unnecessary chemo

Maricruz Casares
May 18, 2018

The alleged scam was so lucrative it allowed Zamora-Quezada to purchase a six-seater Eclipse 500 private jet and a Maserati Granturismo Coupe supercar he used to drive between multiple properties in South Texas, while clothed in garments "from high-end retailers such as Louis Vuitton", a Justice Department statement said.

Nora Rodriguez, a patient of Zamora-Quezada, told CNN that he yelled and threw her out of his office after she questioned his treatment. She said the treatment didn't help and she noticed discoloration in her leg. He is alleged to have falsely diagnosed many patients with rheumatoid arthritis-a condition that causes the immune system to mistakenly attack normal tissue-pocketing the money paid for treatment.

The seven-count indictment against Zamora-Quezada could land him in prison for decades. The rheumatologist told her she had arthritis and that he'd give her injections "to strengthen the cartilage" in her knee, she said. Justice Department Nicole Navas Oxman stated that Zamora-Quezada has been taken in custody and the court date has been set to be on July 2 for the hearing. If you believe the unsealed indictment, Zamora-Quesada also owned medical practices in Edinburg, San Antonio, and Brownsville where he practiced rheumatology. The vehicles have been seized by investigators, as were homes in Texas, Colorado and California, and even two penthouses in Mexico.

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.

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In 2006, the Texas Medical Board accused him of prescribing a drug "inconsistent with public health and welfare" and of "billing for treatment that was improper, unreasonable, or medically or clinically unnecessary", the Dallas News reported in 2010. Eli Lilly did not respond to questions on Zamora-Quezada's total revenue from the company or why he was paid by it.

He was also accused of sexually assaulting four former employees.

A Yellow Pages review of his practice in 2015 is foreboding in retrospect.

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