Federal agents raid Western Slope doctor’s office
October 14, 2009
MONTROSE, Colo. – Federal agents seized patient records from urgent care clinics in Grand Junction and Montrose and from a doctor’s office in Delta in western Colorado, but didn’t say why.
In a statement, U.S. Attorney Dave Gaouette said the records were seized Wednesday from the medical practices of Dr. Sam Jahani, an internist, and Dr. Eric Anthony Peper, a thoracic surgeon.
The Montrose Daily Press reported that Drug Enforcement Administration agents conducted the raids. Denver-based DEA spokesman Mike Turner said no arrests have been made. He declined further comment, saying it’s an ongoing investigation.
U.S. attorney spokesman Jeff Dorschner did not immediately return a phone call. No one answered the phone at office numbers listed for Jahani and Peper.
Jahani is the registered agent for Urgent Care Inc., and has been licensed to practice medicine in Colorado since 2000, according to state records.
Records show Peper has been licensed to practice medicine since 1983, first in California and later Nebraska before becoming licensed in Colorado in 2002.
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In 2003, Peper lost his privileges at Grand Junction’s St. Mary’s Hospital after an outside reviewer found several cases of “misadventure” during heart surgery and possible lapses in technique and judgment, according to court documents filed in Peper’s lawsuit challenging the decision.
The reviewer noted that some patients underwent excessively long procedures.
In his lawsuit, Peper said the hospital ordered the review after he said he planned to establish a competing medical practice.
A message left for St. Mary’s officials was not immediately returned.