- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

DEMING, N.M. (AP) - A Deming doctor has pleaded guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge for ordering an unapproved chemotherapy drug from a Canadian supplier and providing it to patients.

Dr. Mohamed Basel Aswad pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Cruces to a charge of unlawful introduction of misbranded drugs into interstate commerce.

The Deming Headlight (https://goo.gl/305YTQ ) reports that a plea agreement calls for Aswad to be sentenced to three years of probation and to pay $1.3 million of restitution. He’ll also be required to forfeit $750,000.

Aswad said his actions were unintentional.

According to court filings, Aswad is a board-certified oncologist who has maintained a medical practice in Deming since 2007, where he treats cancer patients.

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