Dallas-area doctor convicted of health care fraud

TYLER, Texas (AP) — A North Texas physician who ran a now-closed hospital near Dallas has been convicted of conspiracy and health care fraud over Medicare and Medicaid claims.

The federal jury in Tyler found Dr. Tariq Mahmood guilty Thursday of making fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid totaling more than $1 million.

The Cedar Hill physician faces up to 10 years in prison for the conspiracy conviction and two years for each fraud count. A sentencing date has not been set.

He owned the Renaissance Terrell (TEHR'-ruhl) Hospital, which closed in February 2013 after a federal agency halted funding. Mahmood also operated Cozby Germany Hospital in Grand Saline (gran suh-LEEN'), Central Texas Hospital in Cameron, Community General Hospital in Dilley, Lake Whitney Medical Center in Whitney and Shelby Regional Medical Center in Center.

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