Vegas MD Indicted in Personal Injury Fraud Case

March 13, 2009

A Las Vegas spine surgeon has been indicted on charges that he was part of a personal injury insurance fraud scheme.

Dr. Mark Kabins was due to appear before a magistrate judge in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas on charges of conspiracy and seven counts of mail and honest services fraud.

U.S. Attorney Gregory Brower says Kabins could face 20 years and a $250,000 fine on each charge.

The 48-year-old Kabins is accused of falsifying medical records and conspiring with consultant Howard Awand and attorney Noel Gage to defraud a woman who was paralyzed following back surgery in 2000.

A federal judge last year dismissed charges against Gage and Awand after prosecutors refused to grant Kabins immunity for his testimony.

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