- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) - A Bellevue doctor has taken a voluntary leave of absence amid a federal sex-trafficking investigation.

Seattlepi.com reports (https://is.gd/c2Y2aS ) that court papers say the doctor, an anesthesiologist based at Overlake Medical Center, is suspected of moving hundreds of thousands of dollars through bank accounts to launder the proceeds of his girlfriend’s prostitution ring.

In a search warrant affidavit recently unsealed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent said the doctor came to authorities’ attention in 2012 because he had been depositing huge sums of cash at ATMs. The agent said the doctor appeared to have sent the money to Thai bank accounts of women who had recently arrived from Southeast Asia and needed to pay off “debts” they incurred coming to the U.S., and that he also paid to advertise the women on an Internet site.

The doctor has not been charged. The hospital said Wednesday that he was based there but worked for a private-practice anesthesia group, and that patient care had not been compromised.


Information from: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, https://www.seattlepi.com/

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