Whistle-blower against doctor cancels hearing

A whistle-blowing plaintiff in a civil suit against a Montrose doctor chose to cancel a settlement conference that was slated for today.

Tonya Creel of Montrose, who claims she was fired by Dr. Sam Jahani after threatening to reveal fraudulent Medicare billing claims, called off today’s hearing.

According to a motion filed in U.S. District Court by Creel’s attorneys, the hearing would be a “waste of time” unless at least the deposition of a health care consultant who worked with Jahani was obtained.

Notes entered by court personnel in the case file indicated, “A settlement conference at this time would be a waste of judicial resources.”

The parties may reschedule a settlement hearing.

Jahani’s offices and home were raided and patients’ medical files taken by authorities in October 2009. Jahani has not been charged criminally in the case. The Colorado Board of Medical Examiners has placed a restriction on his medical license that he not distribute some narcotics.

Jahani was sued and settled with the U.S. government in 2003 on allegations he defrauded the government of $5 million in false Medicare claims, according to documents with the U.S. Department of Justice. According to terms of that settlement, Jahani was under supervision for Medicare billing and needed to provide training for employees on Medicare billing, among other requirements.


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