Case closed against Auburn doctor accused of medical fraud

Case closed against Auburn doctor accused of medical fraud

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - More details are emerging in the medical fraud case against an Auburn cardiologist.

Attorney Doug Jones, defense attorney for Dr. John Mitchell, says the case filed by federal prosecutors against his client has been closed and the trial scheduled for next week has been canceled.

"By agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office, the criminal case that was pending against Dr. Mitchell in federal court has been closed and the trial that was previously set for September 8 has been canceled," Jones said in a statement. "There has been no finding against Dr. Mitchell of any wrongdoing and we do fully expect that all criminal charges against Dr. Mitchell will be dismissed over the course of the following months."

Mitchell, 60, was originally indicted on 10 counts in May 2014 for allegedly submitting false claims for inserting unnecessary heart stents and falsely documenting patient's medical records between 2006 and 2012 at the East Alabama Medical Center.

The original indictment called for Mitchell to face a maximum of 60 years in prison and forfeit $450,000 that was related to the health care fraud scheme and false entries.

We have reached out to the U.S. Attorney on the future of this case, but have not received a response.

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