Dr. Dipak Desai has been ordered transferred into federal custody so that a mental evaluation can be done to determine whether he is competent to accept a plea deal in his health care fraud case stemming from the 2007 hepatitis C outbreak.
Senior U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks entered the order Tuesday after Desai’s lawyers and federal prosecutors agreed Desai should have the examination under federal supervision.
Both sides signed a stipulation agreeing that the evaluation is “appropriate to comply with due process and protect the record from collateral attack.”
Desai, 64, who gave up his medical license after health officials disclosed the outbreak in 2008, is to be returned to state custody after the evaluation is completed. He has been serving time at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City. Continue to the complete news story…