Former Doc Sentenced in Hep-C Case

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A former Las Vegas doctor has been ordered to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 18 years following his criminal convictions in a 2007 hepatitis C outbreak.

Sixty-three-year-old Dipak Desai was found guilty in July of 27 criminal charges, including second-degree murder, in a viral outbreak that officials traced to his clinics and called one of the largest ever in the U.S.

Desai was found guilty in the death of 77-year-old Rodolfo Meana in April 2012.

He was sentenced at a hearing Thursday.

Prosecutors argued that Desai created a penny-pinching work environment that emphasized profits over patient safety, leading to unsafe clinic and injection practices and the spread of the blood-borne virus.

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