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October 10, 2013

Plea change hearing set in cancer fraud case


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A change of plea hearing has been scheduled for a second nurse charged with withholding information about a crime at a former cancer clinic accused in a multimillion-dollar fraud.

A filing Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Jackson says Brittany Davis Powell will plead guilty Oct. 21.

Another nurse, Courtney Michelle Young, is scheduled to plead guilty Tuesday.

They worked at Rose Cancer Center in Summit before it was shut down and its owner, Dr. Meera Sachdeva, sentenced to prison for 20 years.

They're charged with misprision of a felony. Prosecutors say they didn't report that Sachdeva ordered nurses to make retroactive entries in patients' files.

Young's lawyer, Thomas Fortner, says the nurses aren't charged with more serious allegations the clinic faced, like reusing syringes.

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