An Oklahoma-based abortion practitioner who sold abortion pills to women who weren’t pregnant can never do abortions again — at least int he state of Oklahoma. Naresh Patel has lost his medical license after the state attorney general caught him in a sting raid.
Oklahoma abortionist Nareshkumar Gandalal “Naresh” Patel, who once faced charges of raping and sodomizing his abortion patients,has lost his medical license. The state board of medicine made it official yesterday.
About 20 years ago, Naresh Patel defended himself before the board after he burned fetuses in a field near Shawnee.
Now, he’s a convicted felon and can never practice again in Oklahoma.
“Our main goal in this case was to ensure Dr. Patel no longer practices medicine in the state of Oklahoma and no longer ran any medical clinics in the state of Oklahoma,” said Deputy Attorney General Megan Tilly.
He entered an Alford plea to avoid trial.
“He’s not saying he is guilty, but the state has enough evidence that he believes he would be convicted by a jury if the evidence was presented to a jury,” Tilly said.
In court documents, Patel admits to the judge he lied to his patients about their pregnancy in order to make money.
He served nine weekends in a state correctional facility. His sentence also included restitution and a $20,000 fine.
One of the worst aspects of Patel’s shady abortion business that deserves attention is the way in which he lied to women and told them they were pregnant and then put their lives and health at risk by selling them the dangerous RU 486 (mifepristone) abortion pill that has killed dozens and injured thousands of women.
As Attorney General Scott Pruitt pointed out in his press statement about Patel’s arrest, the shocking reason behind the shady financial dealings is that Patel was prescribing abortion-inducing drugs to patients who were not pregnant.
The attorney general indicated Patel operating the Outpatient Services for Women abortion clinic in Warr Acres, Oklahoma, was charged with three counts of obtaining money under a false pretense after improperly prescribing abortion-inducing drugs to patients that he falsely identified as pregnant.
Pruitt’s office describes in detail the extent to which state law enforcement official went to obtain the evidence needed to charge the abortion doctor.
Undercover agents from the Oklahoma Medical Licensure Board, the Oklahoma City Police Department and the Attorney General’s Office set up appointments with Patel where the doctor performed ultrasounds and pregnancy tests on the women where he is alleged to have fraudulently identified each undercover agent as pregnant. Afterward, he prescribed them an abortion-inducing drug, provided directions for administering it and charged the female agents for the unnecessary treatment.
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“This type of fraudulent activity and blatant disregard for the health and well-being of Oklahoma women will not be tolerated,” Attorney General Pruitt said. “Oklahoma women should be able to trust that the advice they receive from their physicians is truthful, accurate and does not jeopardize their health. This investigation is a textbook demonstration of inter-agency cooperation to protect Oklahomans and prosecute the worst offenders.”
An investigation into Patel’s dubious practices arose from a complaint that he had performed an abortion procedure on Pamela King, even though she was not pregnant. King was diagnosed and died from complications of cervical cancer later that year, and her autopsy determined that she had not been pregnant in the time frame that the abortion procedure occurred.