HOUSTON (AP) - A former doctor serving a decade in federal
prison for bilking millions from insurance companies was sentenced
today to an additional year.
That comes after he admited he asked a fellow inmate to arrange
to have a federal prosecutor run over by an 18-wheeler to "make
him like a pancake."
Ira Klein, a former Houston gastroenterologist, pleaded guilty
last week to retaliating against Assistant U.S. Attorney Samuel
Louis, who prosecuted the health fraud case. Klein was charged with
orchestrating a murder-for-hire plot against his sixth wife,
Gabrielle Puccini, and scheming to harm Louis and an FBI agent.
The Houston Chronicle reports that under a plea deal, the
government dropped charges against Klein regarding his now ex-wife
and the FBI agent.
Prosecutors say Klein arranged to have Louis run over, to have
acid thrown in Special Agent Jayme Poteet's face and to have
Puccini shot to death. Prosecutors say Klein believed Puccini
helped authorities secure his fraud convictions.
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