The abortion practitioner who has been exposed for having ties to Attorney General Eric Holder is now complaining that he is the victim of a witch hunt.
New documents that emerged just before the election link Holder with a Georgia-based abortion practitioner responsible for killing a patient in an abortion and who has been accused of Medicaid fraud.
Human Events says Holder has ties to Tyrone Cecil Malloy and that they help explain why Holder has failed to prosecute abortion practitioners who run afoul of federal laws and why he has been eager to prosecute pro-life advocates who protest outside of abortion centers.
Documents obtained by Watchdog show that Holder’s wife and sister-in-law co-own, through a family trust, the building where Malloy operated. A Georgia grand jury indicted Malloy on Medicaid fraud charges in 2011. A state medical board twice reprimanded the abortion doctor.
Now, the investigative web site Watchdog.Org reports Malloy said fraud charges he’s facing are politically motivated and based on unconstitutional state Medicaid laws.
Malloy’s attorneys asked the Georgia Supreme Court on Monday to reverse a lower court’s ruling denying Malloy’s motion to dismiss the indictment.“The prosecution of this case is a mockery of justice,” Malloy’s attorneys wrote in a brief filed Monday. “The state is using its vast police powers to harass, persecute, and undermine one of its citizens to further an obvious political agenda.”
Lauren Kane, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Law, declined to comment on the allegations, saying it is part of a “pending case which our office is prosecuting.” Kane’s office is required to file its response to the brief with the Georgia Supreme Court by Dec. 17.
Catherine Davis, a founding member of the anti-abortion groups National Black Prolife Coalition and the Restoration Project, said Malloy’s allegations are ludicrous.
“This case has been out there for more than a year,” Davis said. “And for (Malloy) to say that he wasn’t prosecuted under the previous Democratic regime and now the government has caught up with him and is pursuing criminal charges that probably should have been brought 20 years ago – that somehow that’s political shenanigans – is just ludicrous. It has nothing to do with politics. It has everything to do with following the laws of the state and the federal government.”
Davis, the pro-life activist whose work kick-started the Watchdog.org investigation, believes the real purpose of the appeal is to strike down the Hyde Amendment.
“Given Malloy’s ties to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the fact that Holder has not pursued criminal charges against abortionists makes me think that they are going to try to use this case in particular to strike down the Hyde Amendment by saying its unconstitutionally vague,” Davis said.
“I think that perhaps this is why the attorney general has not pursued charges against abortionists because he now has a case in which his long-time family friend is giving him the opportunity to challenge the constitutionality of the Hyde Amendment. I absolutely think that is what is going on.”
LifeNews reoprted in December 2011 that Malloy faces accusations of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in Medicaid payments that were fraudulent.
Tyrone Malloy and his abortion facility office manager were arrested, according to a spokesman for the office of the Georgia Attorney General. Malloy and office manager CathyAnn Warner reportedly took in more than $380,000 in payments for pre-abortion ultrasounds Malloy never did and abortions that did not qualify for reimbursement under Medicaid.
Malloy and Warner were indicted by a grand jury on two counts of Medicaid fraud and, if they are convicted, they face 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. After his arrest, Malloy posted bond.
Federal rules allow for Medicaid funding for abortions only if they are done in the very rare cases such as saving the life of the mother or rape or incest.
Malloy runs the Old National Gynecology abortion business in College Park, but the television station indicates he received the Medicaid payments at another DeKalb County office. State officials received a tip from Georgia’s Department of Community Health, which runs the Medicaid program in Georgia, about the fraud.
WSBTV sent a reporter to the abortion facility for an on-camera interview but no one answered the door even though employees peered through blinds at the reporters. An hour later, employees at the abortion facility appeared to get in their vehicles and left the premises.
Human Events has an update on the status of that case.
Malloy and Warner refused to enter a plea in the case, arguing the indictment was constitutionally flawed, according to the Georgia Department of Law. On May 2, a judge entered a not guilty plea on their behalf — and then promptly denied their motion challenging the constitutionality of the Medicaid law in Georgia.
Malloy and Warner appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court. The defendants’ brief is due by Nov. 5 and the state’s response by Nov. 26.
As the publication notes, Malloy has had numerous malpractice issues.
In 1999, one of his patients lost a baby shortly after birth, according to Georgia Composite Medical Board records. The Composite State Board of Medical Examiners determined that the woman had not received proper treatment. Malloy was publicly reprimanded, ordered to receive additional training and fined $5,000, according to the records.
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In 2008, he received another public reprimand, was ordered to receive even more training and fined $10,000 after one of his patients died shortly after a botched abortion, according to the Medical Board records.
In September 2011, Malloy filed papers with the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office to terminate the Old National Gynecology corporation. However, his medical license remains active, according to the Composite State Board of Medical Examiners.
“To the best of our knowledge, Dr. Malloy is still performing abortions in the Atlanta area despite the indictment for Medicaid fraud,” Georgia Right to Life spokeswoman Suzanne Ward said.