North Texas Doctor Charged With Fraud

TERRELL (AP) – A North Texas physician who ran a now-closed hospital near Dallas has been indicted in a more than $1 million health care fraud investigation.

Prosecutors say Dr. Tariq Mahmood of Cedar Hill has been charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and seven counts of health care fraud. The cases involve claims to Medicare and Medicaid since 2010.

Mahmood appeared Tuesday before a magistrate in Tyler and was freed on $25,000 bond. He’s denied the allegations.

A federal agency in February halted funding for Renaissance Hospital in Terrell and it closed. Regulators raised questions after two patients died.

Prosecutors say Mahmood also operated Cozby Germany Hospital in Grand Saline, Central Texas Hospital in Cameron, Community General Hospital in Dilley and Shelby Regional Medical Center in Center.

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