Jailed Indo-Canadian doctor gets another five-year term

February 16th, 2008 - 10:41 pm ICT by admin  

Toronto, Feb 16 (IANS) A notorious Indo-Canadian doctor, who is already serving a three-year term for fraud, has been awarded another sentence for five years for medical malpractices. Ravi Devgan, 60, was convicted in November for trafficking in prescription pills. A jury found him guilty of ordering various prescription drugs, including Oxycontin and Hydromorphone, in his patients’ names and then selling these for personal gains.

A drug dealer, who testified against Devgan, told the court that a woman accomplice would enlist drug patients for the doctor who would prescribe various drugs, including the highly addictive Oxycontin, for them. Then the woman would go to the pharmacy on behalf of the patients and pick up the prescribed drugs.

But these drugs were never given to the patients. Instead, the doctor and the woman sold them for a profit.

Sentencing him Friday, Justice Todd Ducharme said Devgan deserved to spend five more years in jail for “serious breach of trust”. But taking a lenient view of his old age and ill health, the judge ordered that the two sentences run concurrently.

The prosecution lawyer had demanded a five-year concurrent jail. However, Devgan’s lawyers argued that he deserved no more than six months.

In July last year, he was convicted of falsely charging thousands of dollars from a family by giving expensive sheep foetus injections to treat their severely disabled twins. In October, he was sentenced to three years in jail.

This sentencing cost him his practising license too.

In stripping him of the license, the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons said he “preyed on terminally ill cancer patients”, gave them a false hope and defrauded them of $30,000.

A graduate of the University of Toronto medical school, he offered alternative naturopathic treatment for which he was licensed.

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