- Associated Press - Monday, October 31, 2016

TYLER, Texas (AP) - Government officials have obtained a more than $1.2 million judgment against a North Texas physician serving 11 years in prison for health care fraud.

Dr. Tariq Mahmood of Cedar Hill was named in Monday’s judgment announced in Tyler.

Mahmood in 2014 was convicted of conspiracy, identity theft and health care fraud related to submitting bogus Medicare and Medicaid claims.

Authorities followed up with a civil case against Mahmood, who owned the Renaissance Terrell (TEHR’-ruhl) Hospital, which closed in 2013 after a federal agency halted funding.

Mahmood also operated Cozby Germany Hospital in Grand Saline (gran suh-LEEN’), Central Texas Hospital in Cameron, Community General Hospital in Dilley, Lake Whitney Medical Center in Whitney and Shelby Regional Medical Center in Center.

Mahmood is serving his sentence at a federal prison in Beaumont.

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