An Oklahoma doctor, accused of prescribing abortion-inducing drugs to patients who were not pregnant, will no longer practice medicine in the state pending the result of an investigation.
Dr. Naresh Patel agreed with the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision that he will not practice in any manner as a physician in Oklahoma.
In a letter sent to Patel, Board Secretary Billy H. Stout M.D. said, “this agreement shall remain in effect until the current investigation by the Medical Board and any resulting formal complaint and citation against you has been concluded or you are released by the Board Secretary. Violation of the terms of this agreement may result in immediate board action against your license.”
Patel, who was operating the Outpatient Services for Women clinic in Warr Acres, was arrested on Tuesday, December 9. He has been charged with three counts of obtaining money under a false pretense after improperly prescribing abortion-inducing drugs to patients that he falsely identified as pregnant.
Undercover agents from the Oklahoma Medical Licensure Board, the Oklahoma City Police Department and the Attorney General's Office set up appointments with Patel where the doctor performed ultrasounds and pregnancy tests on the women where he is alleged to have fraudulently identified each undercover agent as pregnant. Afterward, he prescribed them an abortion-inducing drug, provided directions for administering it and charged the female agents for the unnecessary treatment, according to the AG's office.
If convicted, Patel could face up to three years in jail and a maximum fine of $15,000.