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Hepatitis Doctor's Assets Investigated

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Two days of digging uncovered some of Doctor Dipak Desai's assets. Two days of digging uncovered some of Doctor Dipak Desai's assets.

New details have been uncovered about the hepatitis investigation and the assets of the doctors at the heart of the hepatitis scare.

Two days of digging uncovered some of Doctor Dipak Desai's assets. He owns and 8,700 square foot house in Red Rock Country Club, bought it for $3.4 million in 2004. Desai also owns vacant land across from the downtown condo complex, Juhl.

Desai and Doctor Eladio Carrera also own part of the Nevada Mutual Insurance Company. The company covers doctor's medical malpractice. Desai was a director.

Dr. Carrera owns a 6,700 square foot home in the TPC Canyons Golf Course community. It was purchased in 2000 for $1.5 million.

Those are assets attorneys will go after.

A judge ordered that Dr. Desai, his wife, Dr. Carrera, and any business they own, may not move more than $50,000 without court approval. Attorney's representing patients worry the doctor's will hide assets.

"To make sure they are not depleting the assets of these entities and these positions in an effort to thwart any judgment," said attorney Robert Eglet.

More than 2,000 boxes of documents from the Endoscopy Centers were moved Wednesday.

Metro Police confiscated the documents and are now handing them over to a medical records company. Within the next 30 days they will be sorted, indexed and ready for patients as well as the criminal investigation. Police detectives never realized the minefield they stepped into when serving nine search warrants at local surgical centers.

Metro Capt. Al Salinas says he heard the four doctors who own the centers in question were attempting to destroy records, and that's why the police acted so quickly.

"We are not in the business of managing medical files, that is correct. Therefore, we reached out to a professional organization that does that," said Salinas.

Capt. Salinas says Metro has had 1,700 requests for the confiscated medical records, but have only been able to respond to 100. The contracted records company will hopefully speed up the process.

Salinas says representatives from the company could not believe how incomplete and unorganized the center's patients records were kept.

"Once this information is indexed and filled and managed and organized, we can access that information as well," he said.

That should also speed up the criminal investigation into the doctors, nurses and administrators involved with the centers reusing syringes and single dose vials.

One attorney alone suing the doctors says that he has 850 patients testing positive for hepatitis. He says they were infected at the Endoscopy Center.

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