Criminal Trial of Hepatitis C Outbreak Results in Guilty Verdicts, Including Murder

July 3, 2013

In a Nevada criminal trial, Dr. Dipak Desai and nurse anesthetist Ronald Lakeman have been convicted on various counts as a result of a hepatitis C outbreak occurring in 2007, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The guilty verdicts were returned by a jury on Monday, June 1.  The jury found Desai guilty of second-degree murder and 26 other counts relating to the outbreak.  Lakeman was also found guilty of 16 counts, but not guilty on the murder charge.

The charges, including criminal neglect of patients and insurance fraud, stemmed from a 2008 Nevada investigation of Desai’s Endoscopy Center.  The case centered on the cases of Rodolfo Meana and six other patients who were infected with hepatitis C while under Desai’s care.  Meana, who was 77, died last year.  Approximately 64,000 patients were urged to get tested for blood-borne viruses.

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