LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Jena Johnson - email
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin doctor arrested on federal fraud charges re-opened his clinic Monday morning after it was closed for three days.
Alexander Orlov, 45, owner of Urgent Care clinic on Gaslight Boulevard, is charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. He is accused of having an unlicensed medical assistant, Haseeb Rehman, write prescriptions, see patients and perform minor surgeries.
Orlov declined an interview or to give a statement. But a sign on his door stated, "NOTICE: Due To The Office Circumstances: PLEASE be PATIENT with the staff that is left they are doing the best they can and they know how important you are and will get to you as soon as possible. ALSO There will be no checks taken in office. You must pay with Cash, Credit Card (MC/VISA), Debit Card, Office Credit. Sorry For the Inconvenience. Thank You For Your Patience. Dr. Orlov."
Savannah Smith, a patient at the clinic, said she was checking on a future appointment. She said a receptionist told her they would accept Medicare patients, but not Medicaid patients.
"I'm glad he's back and hopefully it can all be resolved," Smith said.
Angelina County and Cities Health Director Sharon Shaw said they will not accept Orlov's patients, but a decision on what to do with his former Medicaid patients is expected soon.
After learning of Orlov's fraud charges, Smith was concerned about her future appointment. She says it doesn't bother her that Orlov reportedly can't accept her medicaid.
"I'm okay with it," Smith said. "I like him. I think he's a good doctor, and everyone has their own opinion on it and hopefully everything will work itself out."
Orlov's patients seem to be extra patient with him, just like the sign on his door asks. Denise George had no idea about his arrest until Monday. It didn't stop her from coming in.
"I didn't have an appointment," George said. "I just stopped by real quick just to see him and they said the slots were completely filled today and I wouldn't be able to get in today."
Jury selection in Orlov's trial is set for August 16th in Lufkin.