PHX doctor gets prison term for forgery, fraud

Posted at 4:35 PM, Sep 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-11 19:35:46-04

A Phoenix doctor has been sentenced to four years in prison for forging patient medical records and other offenses.

The Arizona Attorney General's Office announced Friday that 43-year-old Dr. Edward Jack Sayegh also was ordered to surrender his medical license.

They say Sayegh will be on five years of supervised probation after serving his prison term.

Sayegh pleaded guilty last month to fraudulent schemes and artifices, conspiracy, forgery, administration of narcotic drugs and administration of dangerous drugs.

He was accused of billing the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System for phantom medical services, prescribing pills for drug diversion purposes and falsification of his patient medical records.

Prosecutors say Sayegh also required certain patients to share their medications with him and prescribed pills to drug dealers in exchange for cocaine.