An Oklahoma City abortion doctor was charged Thursday with racketeering — a felony offense punishable by at least 10 years in prison.
Dr. Naresh G. Patel, 62, also was charged with three counts of obtaining money by false pretenses.
Patel was arrested Dec. 9 at his Warr Acres clinic after an undercover fraud investigation. The clinic, Outpatient Services for Women, has not reopened since his arrest.
He is accused of providing abortion-inducing drugs to three female undercover investigators who posed as patients. Each paid the clinic $620.
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A longtime abortion doctor was arrested Tuesday morning at his clinic after an undercover investigation.
Dr. Nareshkumar Patel, 62, is accused of obtaining money by false pretenses three times since June at his Warr Acres clinic, Outpatient Services for Women.
Patel is most known for once burning aborted fetuses in a field.
An Oklahoma County judge authorized his arrest Monday. Prosecutors have 10 days to file a charge.
“I feel like our prayers have been answered,” said Bernadette Klein, a prayer volunteer at Holy Innocents’ Foundation of Oklahoma, which operates a chapel next door to the clinic.
The undercover investigation was initiated by the Oklahoma attorney general’s office after a complaint.
During the undercover investigation, three women posed as patients and visited the clinic for an abortion procedure. They were not actually pregnant.
Each time, Patel did an ultrasound, told the woman she was pregnant and gave her five abortion pills, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Each woman paid $620.
An Oklahoma County judge on Friday ruled against a longtime abortion doctor who says he will have to shut down his clinic once a new law goes into effect Nov. 1.
Dr. Larry A. Burns, founder of the Abortion Surgery Center in Norman, complains the law is unconstitutional for a number of reasons.
The doctor’s attorneys last week asked District Judge Bill Graves to put the law on hold until the constitutional challenges to it can be resolved.
Graves refused Friday to issue either a temporary restraining order or temporary injunction. In a four-page order, the judge found the doctor failed to show he is likely to succeed on the merits of his constitutional claims.
The doctor’s attorneys now plan to file an emergency appeal with the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
The new law will require an abortion clinic to be staffed by a doctor who has permission from a nearby hospital to admit a patient if something goes wrong. Burns has applied to 16 hospitals within 30 miles of the clinic for admitting privileges. He has not been accepted yet.
"If I am unable to obtain admitting privileges from any of these hospitals by November 1, I will be forced to shutter my clinic on that day, and Oklahoma women will have one fewer safe place to turn to for the care they need," Burns said in a court affidavit.
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