Hepatitis C outbreak Dr. Dipak Desai sentenced to federal prison for fraud

After years of silence, Dr. Dipak Desai spoke publicly Thursday about the 2007 hepatitis C outbreak at his once-busy endoscopy center.

ā€œIā€™m sorry sir, sorry,ā€ Desai said in an emotional voice, as Senior U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks in Reno was about to sentence him to 71 months in prison for his role in a multimillion-dollar health care fraud scheme tied to the deadly outbreak.

Before that, in a Las Vegas courtroom linked by video conference, Assistant U.S. Attorney Crane Pomerantz spoke of his disdain for the man at the center of the outbreak.

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