Warr Acres Police arrested Dr. Naresh Patel, a metro abortion doctor who has been accused of wrongdoing before, at his Warr Acres Women's Clinic Tuesday morning.
It's the result of a six month investigation by the State Attorney General's office revealed he was prescribing abortion inducing drugs to women who were not pregnant. The attorney general's office got a tip about the egregious allegation this summer, and according to court documents, launched an undercover operation of their own as a result.
“We don't believe that this is an isolated incident,” said Megan Tilly, the Chief Assistant Attorney general for the multi-county grand jury unit.
Tilly said she will be prosecuting the case against Patel. Patel was arrested inside his Warr Acres Clinic early Tuesday morning.
According to court papers, it was a sister of a former patient that came forward, stating in 2011, Patel performed an abortion procedure on her loved one, who died of cervical cancer months later.
“Her death certificate stated she had not been pregnant within the last 12 months,” said Tilly. “And it was our understanding, speaking to doctors, that based on how advanced her cervical cancer was, that it would have been medically impossible for her to have been pregnant in August in 2011.”
News 9 was there as agents with the Attorney General raided Patel's clinic for evidence, which we can only speculate are patient records.
Right now, Patel is only being charged with three counts of obtaining money by false pretense for prescribing abortion inducing drugs to patients who were not pregnant; this after investigators sent in four separate undercover agents who pretended to be patients needing abortions, even though they tested negative to independent pregnancy tests both before and after the visit.
“He would perform an ultrasound, and in one case he also performed a urine test,” said Tilly. “And he would tell them that they were in the very early stages of pregnancy.”
Tilly said Patel took advantage of his female patients while they were at their most vulnerable state, and then financially exploited them for his own personal gain.
The AG's office is encouraging any women who may have been seen by Patel to call them here using their main line. Or you can also call your local police department and file a report.