Missouri State Rep. Patricia Derges, accused by federal prosecutors of selling patients fake stem cell treatments at her southwest Missouri clinics, has also been charged with defrauding Greene County of pandemic relief funds.
Derges is accused of taking $300,000 in federal aid intended for her nonprofit clinic and using it instead to pay for tests that patients at her for-profit clinic had already paid for.
A new indictment unsealed Friday shows she now faces three more charges in addition to the 20 counts she was charged with in January. In the past two months, the freshman lawmaker has been removed from her committee assignments, booted out of the Republican caucus and faced multiple calls from House leaders to resign.
Her lawyer, St. Louis attorney Al Watkins, denies she acted illegally with federal funds.
The Nixa Republican, an assistant physician, runs a chain of clinics in and around Springfield as well as an organization called Lift Up Someone Today, which provides medical care to the poor and homeless.