Cancer clinic trial postponed

Associated Press Modified: May 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm •  Published: May 1, 2012
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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A trial that had been scheduled to begin Wednesday has been delayed for a former cancer clinic owner and two others charged with participating in a multimillion dollar fraud that allegedly involved diluting chemotherapy drugs and using old syringes on multiple patients.

Dr. Meera Sachdeva, Brittany McCoskey and Monica Weeks are charged with offenses including conspiracy and witness tampering related to the activities of Rose Cancer Center in Summit. Their trial in U.S. District Court in Jackson was postponed after prosecutors filed a motion in March asking for more time to prepare. Prosecutors said more charges are likely to be filed.

No new court date was posted in court records.

Sachdeva established the clinic in south Mississippi in 2005. Authorities say the clinic watered down drugs and billed Medicaid, Medicare and insurance companies for more chemotherapy drugs than patients received. The clinic billed Medicaid and Medicare for about $15.1 million during the alleged scheme.

Sachdeva has been held without bond since August because authorities consider her a flight risk. She is a naturalized U.S. citizen from India. Prosecutors said she often traveled overseas and has considerable assets, including bank accounts, in her native country, despite the seizure of about $6 million.