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Convictioner fake cancer diagnosis upheld

Posted at 1:05 PM, Mar 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-18 17:28:44-04

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a woman who was found guilty on fraud charges for faking uterine cancer to get the state to pay for her late-term abortion.

The court rejected Chalice Zeitner's argument that a judge breached her physician-patient privilege by letting prosecutors use her medical records at trial.

The court says that laws requiring the disclosure of confidential patient information to assist in Medicaid fraud investigations create an exception to the physician-patient privilege

Zeitner was accused of presenting falsified records to support her cancer claim.

Investigators say the scheme was discovered when a doctor who performed a C-section during Zeitner's subsequent pregnancy found no signs of cancer.