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Federal trial reset for former Las Vegas doctor in hep C case

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A federal fraud trial has been pushed back for a former Las Vegas physician and endoscopy clinic owner already imprisoned in a 2007 hepatitis C outbreak.

Attorneys have said they were working on a plea deal for Dipak Desai, and U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks agreed Tuesday to postpone trial to at least April 28.

Trial had been scheduled to start Jan. 27.

A former co-defendant, clinic manager Tonya Rushing, pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to commit health care fraud in an agreement to pay $50,000 restitution plus a portion of $8.1 million in cash and property.

Rushing awaits sentencing.

Desai is serving 18 years to life in state prison after being found guilty in state court of second-degree murder and 26 other criminal charges.