Trial set in Denver for indicted doctors
A federal judge Wednesday scheduled a trial in Denver for two former western Colorado doctors under indictment.
Sam Jahani, 49, and Eric Peper, 53, are slated to be tried before U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello, courtroom A602 in Denver federal court, over six weeks starting on Nov. 7.
Federal prosecutors signaled in a previous filing they will seek to hold the trial in Grand Junction.
“As is made clear in the detailed indictment, the alleged criminal activity took place exclusively on the western slope of Colorado, specifically in Grand Junction, Delta and Montrose,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Heldmyer wrote in the government’s response to a motion from the doctors’ attorneys seeking to move arraignments to Denver.
Heldmyer on Tuesday said she expects the location of the trial will be argued in more filings from both sides.
Jahani and Peper pleaded not guilty Tuesday to allegations in a grand jury indictment that the doctors committed health care fraud, while overprescribing painkillers resulting in the deaths of four patients. Both men are free on bond and had their licenses to practice medicine revoked as a condition of those bonds.