Licenses Suspended for Doctors Linked to Hepatitis C Outbreak - 8 News NOW

Melissa Duran, Reporter

Licenses Suspended for Doctors Linked to Hepatitis C Outbreak

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Two different judges have signed orders blocking Las Vegas doctors Eladio Carrera and Dipak Desai from practicing medicine. Both doctors are linked to the investigation into the hepatitis C outbreak at a local endoscopic clinic.

A law enforcement source tells Eyewitness News that Metro officials have asked Desai's attorney for the doctor to surrender his passport, but the request was denied. There are concerns that Desai may try to leave the country.

There are also reports Desai is trying to ship his vehicles overseas. Fletcher Jones Import on west Sahara confirms that Dipak Desai and a broker went into the business and tried to pay off leases on two vehicles.

The general manager for the company says the broker had intentions of shipping the vehicles overseas to Dubai. The business denied his request saying in order to pay off a lease he had to go through a dealership.

As for the shipping, the General Manager of Fletcher Jones says that was also denied.

"We had nothing to do with purchasing cars and sending them overseas because it is against our dealer agreement and we get penalized for that. For cars like that we can get penalized $15,000 to $20,000," said GM Bernard Schiappa.

Dipak Desai's attorney did not return calls for comment.

District Attorney David Roger says he can't speculate to why Desai would be interested in shipping cars overseas, but he does say if suspects in this case decided to leave the country, he will pursue them if they are charged.

On Monday, the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners filed court papers asking for restraining orders against Desai and Carrera. The doctors performed procedures on patients who are believed to have contracted hepatitis C because of unsafe medical procedures.

Investigators discovered the clinics reused syringes and vials of medicine on patients.

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