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Auburn doctor indicted for implanting unnecessary heart stents

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Dr. John Mitchell is accused of performing heart surgeries that were not medically needed in order to make more money. (Photo Courtesy: East Alabama Medical Center) Dr. John Mitchell is accused of performing heart surgeries that were not medically needed in order to make more money. (Photo Courtesy: East Alabama Medical Center)
AUBURN, Ala. -

An Auburn doctor is accused of implanting unnecessary stents in patients' hearts in order to make more money, a federal indictment claims.

Dr. John Mitchell has been indicted by a federal grand jury for health care fraud and filing fraudulent patient medical records. The United States Attorney's office says Mitchell performed the unnecessary operations between 2006 to 2012. At the time, Mitchell was running his own private practice called Heart Center Cardiology.

In response to the indictment, Mitchell issued a statement that reads in part:

"The charges that the government has brought against me are false. I look forward to my day in court and the opportunity to clear my name."

Mitchell is credited with performing East Alabama Medical Center's first heart catheterization in July of 1985. He also performed the hospital's first laser angioplasty four years later.

You can read the full federal indictment in pdf format here.

James Brierton

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