Former patients sue doctor facing fraud charges for false diagnoses

EDINBURG — In addition to facing federal charges of health care fraud, Dr. Jorge Zamora-Quezada is now being sued by his alleged victims.

Gloria M. Gabriel and Christina Deras were former patients of Zamora-Quezada, who they allege “falsely diagnosed” them, Attorney Mikal Watts said in a news conference Monday.

Watts along with Brian Berryman of Watts Guerra LLP are representing Gabriel and Deras in the civil lawsuits against the doctor.

Gabriel and Deras’ daughter, Lucinda Rico, explained Monday that their health conditions have worsened since receiving treatment from Zamora-Quezada, a rheumatologist.

“I have lost my livelihood,” Gabriel said.

Zamora-Quezada, who had practices in Edinburg, Brownsville and San Antonio, was charged last week with defrauding health insurers by allegedly treating patients based on misdiagnoses to support his “lavish” lifestyle, according to the federal indictment unsealed last week.

The charges in the seven-count indictment include one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, five counts of health care fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The attorneys from Watts Guerra LLP said they urge other potential victims to come forward and said they announced they are launching a media campaign to educate people about their rights.

Anyone who believes they may have been misdiagnosed by Dr. Zamora-Quezada can contact the law firm at texashealthcarefraud.com.

Last week, the FBI announced they were also trying to identify possible victims.

Patients of his between January 2000 and May 2018 are urged to contact the FBI through the victim’s hotline at (833) 432-4873, option 8.

They can also contact the agency through email at ZamoraPatient@fbi.gov.