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Thu Aug 1, 2013, 04:07 PM

FBI investigating recent document destruction at Cameron hospital

The FBI is investigating the shredding of documents at a Cameron hospital that apparently occurred after local authorities wrested control of the facility to try to prevent such destruction.

Two weeks ago the Milam County Sheriff Department, carrying out a court order requested by the building landlord, locked the doors to the hospital. The authorities wanted to ensure that embattled owner Dr. Tariq Mahmood or his employees would not alter, hide or destroy medical records and other property, according to the court document.

The rare move was taken as Mahmood, who is under federal indictment for allegedly defrauding federal insurance programs, suddenly became the focus of a new crackdown. Gov. Rick Perry announced that same day that he was ordering an investigation of Mahmood’s hospital chain following my July 14 report documenting how his facilities endangered patients and engaged in potential fraud for at least four years.

A few days following the sheriff’s takeover, a deputy discovered a trash bag and box packed with shredded documents in an administrative office area. Mark Humble, the attorney for the building landlord, then alerted the FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office.

More at http://watchdogblog.dallasnews.com/2013/08/fbi-investigating-recent-document-destruction-at-cameron-hospital-operated-by-indicted-owner-dr-tariq-mahmood.html/ .

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