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Judge delays fraud trial for Tuscaloosa doctor

TUSCALOOSA (AP) — A federal judge delayed the Medicaid fraud trial for Tuscaloosa physician Phillip Bobo from May 14 to July 23.

U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn signed an order Tuesday postponing the trial.

Blackburn still has some issues to rule on before Bobo goes to trial.

Bobo was convicted by a federal jury in 2001 of rigging bids on state Medicaid contracts to provide medical care for poor pregnant women.

An appeals court tossed out the conviction because of a faulty indictment.

In 2004, Bobo was re-indicted on charges of conspiracy, health care fraud and theft from a federally funded program.

Blackburn has scheduled a hearing for May 23 on whether a taped telephone conversation used at Bobo’s first trial can be used in his second trial.

Dr. Marc Armstrong of Tuscaloosa made the recording of Bobo and was a witness at his first trial, but Armstrong has since died.

At the first trial, Armstrong said Bobo threatened to underbid Armstrong’s company
if it sought the Medicaid contract.

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