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Doctor accused of unnecessary surgeries

NORFOLK (AP) Federal prosecutors are accusing a Virginia physician of performing unnecessary surgical procedures on women without their knowledge or consent.

A U.S. magistrate ordered 69-year-old Javaid Perwaiz of Chesapeake held without bond until at least an upcoming detention hearing. Perwaiz was arrested Nov. 8 and charged with one count each of health care fraud and making false statements relating to health care matters, The Virginian-Pilot reported .

The newspaper reports the FBI started investigating Perwaiz last year after receiving a hospital employee’s tip. An FBI affidavit focuses on four unidentified patients and says Perwaiz repeatedly subjected Medicaid patients to unwanted procedures. The affidavit mentions hysterectomies and tubal ligation among others.

Perwaiz attorney Lawrence Woodward said his client wasn’t a flight risk and knew for about two weeks he was under investigation.

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