Top surgeon arrested for possible fraud, extortion

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Top surgeon arrested for possible fraud, extortion

(ANSA) – Florence, September 27 - Top Italian surgeon Paolo Macchiarini was arrested by the Italian Finance Police at the Careggi hospital of Florence Thursday for attempted aggravated fraud and extortion. Law enforcement officers of the Guardia di Finanza force waited for the doctor - considered Italy's foremost trachea transplant expert - to finish surgery to notify him of the arrest. Macchiarini currently has a three-year contract with the Florence-based hospital, and also a relationship with Sweden’s Karolinska hospital. Prosecutors are also accusing him of having proposed to seriously-ill patients to refer themselves to private hospital structures he had relationships with in order to embark upon costly surgical processes, amid allegations the process in the public sector was inadequately executed or took too long.

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