Searcy Doctor Gets Probation, Ordered Out of Country

LITTLE ROCK, AR - An Arkansas neurosurgeon, who has dual citizenship in Canada and Malaysia, was ordered by a federal judge to leave the country as part of his sentence on a fraud conviction.

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Webber Wright sentenced Dr. Patrich Chan of Searcy to three-years probation and ordered him to relocate to Canada and live with his family or face deportation hearings.  Chan also was ordered to pay a $25,000 fine and reimburse the FBI $23,000 for their investigation.

Chan pleaded guilty in January to bribery for demanding kickbacks for using certain medical equipment in his practice.  According to the indictment, Chan received his first payment of $3,000 in January 2004 and received as much as $8,000 a month in kickbacks until June 2006.

Chan performed surgeries at Central Arkansas Hospital and the White County Medical Center.

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