Aide Takes Plea in Hepatitis Exposure Case

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A former aide has pleaded guilty to five felony charges and is agreeing to testify against the former owner of a Las Vegas outpatient clinic that officials blame for a 2007 hepatitis C outbreak in southern Nevada.

Court officials and attorneys tell The Associated Press that 76-year-old year-old Keith Mathahs took a plea deal in state court that could get him probation or up to 72 months in prison.

He'll testify in trial in April against Dr. Dipak Desai (DEE'-pahk deh-SEYE').

Mathahs was one of two former Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada nurse anesthetists who pleaded not guilty along with the 63-year-old Desai to 28 criminal charges including criminal neglect of patients resulting in death, insurance fraud and racketeering.

Prosecutors allege Desai's clinics used unsafe injection practices to save money.


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