Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Trial for controversial doctor Huerto comes to close

From the Saskatoon Star Phoenix:
Seven years after investigators with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan started gathering evidence against controversial Saskatoon Dr. Carlos Huerto, lawyers for the Crown and defence made their final statements in his criminal fraud trial Thursday.

The very fact that prescription drugs labelled with the names of more than 400 of his patients were seized from Huerto's home in June 2001 is enough to prove him guilty of defrauding Health Canada and Saskatchewan Health, which paid for the drugs with taxpayer funds, Crown prosecutor Brent Klause argued in an 83-page written brief obtained by The StarPhoenix.

"Huerto gained access to an unlimited amount of free medical supplies by taking advantage of the trusting nature of his patients, his pharmacy and his own staff," Klause wrote.

"The method in which Huerto defeated the system and obtained these prescriptions was dishonest and deprived Health Canada and Saskatchewan Health of the funds they are entrusted to distribute on behalf of their clients." ...more

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