Hearing set in alleged chemotherapy fraud case

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former cancer clinic employee is scheduled for an arraignment on federal charges that patients were given less chemotherapy or cheaper drugs than they were led to believe.

Prosecutors say the south Mississippi clinic also reused the same needles on multiple people as part of a multimillion-dollar Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

Dr. Meera Sachdeva, the 50-year-old founder of Rose Cancer Center in Summit, and two employees were indicted last week. The clinic had already been shut down by the state Health Department for “unsafe infection control practices.”

Sachdeva is being held without bond. Her attorney says she’ll plead not guilty “go from there.”

Sachdeva and her former employee, 43-year-old Monica Weeks of Madison, are scheduled for arraignment Tuesday.

Weeks’ attorney didn’t immediately respond to a call Tuesday.