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Closed Central Texas Hospital Looks to Sell, Lake Whitney on the Ropes

Two hospitals in Texas owned by a physician facing federal indictment are looking at uncertain futures.

According to a KWTX report, Central Texas Hospital in Cameron has already closed and is looking to find a buyer. Lake Whitney (Texas) Medical Center is undergoing state investigations, but hospital employees are fighting to keep it open, according to a report from The Lakelander.

Tariq Mahmood, MD, owns both hospitals and a few others in Texas, as well. In April, federal authorities filed criminal charges against Dr. Mahmood, saying he conspired to defraud Medicare and Medicaid by instructing employees to alter diagnostic codes at Renaissance Hospital Terrell (Texas), another hospital he owned and has since closed. He was arrested but later released on bond, and Dr. Mahmood's attorney said he denies all charges. He could face up to 10 years in prison.

Dr. Mahmood also owned Shelby Regional Medical Center in Center, which shut down earlier this month.

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