McALLEN — After multiple delays, the trial for Dr. Jorge Zamora-Quezada, the rheumatologist accused of healthcare fraud, may finally get underway before the year is out as a federal judge set a new trial date during a hearing Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa scheduled the trial for Nov. 21 with jury selection scheduled to take place that day as well.
Based on how long the attorneys said they expected to take to present their case, the trial may last through the first week of December. The court proceedings will likely break for Thanksgiving, Hinojosa said, but are expected to resume the following day.
The four are accused of participating in a scheme to defraud health insurers by over-treating and misdiagnosing patients. The alleged scheme also included funneling money to bank accounts in Mexico to conceal the source of those funds, according to the indictment.
Zamora-Quezada was arrested in May 2018 and has been held without bond ever since. Zamora, his wife, was arrested in July 2018 and has also been held without bond. However, last month she was granted release on a $250,000 bond and with other certain conditions.
Those conditions include a $40,000 deposit on the bond and an individual to serve as co-surety with assets worth $250,000 — although the judge said multiple people could serve as co-sureties.
Upon release, she will be subject to GPS monitoring and will be under home detention at all times except to attend her 14-year-old daughter’s school activities.
Her attorney, Christopher Sully, said after the hearing Wednesday that her release is currently pending the approval of the co-surety.
“As far as how long it could take, usually it takes a few days,” Sully said. “So it could be a matter of days or it could be longer especially if for some reason the person doesn’t qualify or isn’t approved.”
Throughout the hearing, Judge Hinojosa took up several motions that were filed by the defense attorneys which included motions to dismiss for pre-indictment delays and motions to dismiss for alleged Brady violations. Those were denied.
The judge also denied a motion by the defense requesting a bill of particulars — a detailed statement of the charges — telling the attorneys he thought it would be unnecessary believing they had heard enough about what the government was claiming.
Despite the denial of some the motions he filed on behalf of Zamora, Sully said they were just glad to have a trial date.
“Hopefully it doesn’t get delayed,” Sully said, “because obviously Mrs. Zamora and others have been hoping to be able to go to trial soon and be able to clear their names.”