By Jessica M. HahnU.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch and U.S.-based Ophthalmologists Association of Texas filed a civil lawsuit against U.N. health agency Doctors Without Borders, accusing it of conspiring to illegally steal oculars.
The group, which operates medical clinics in Texas, is also seeking unspecified damages and sanctions against the government and Doctors Without Border.
“Dr. Andrew Lahey is a beloved member of the medical community and an outstanding ophthalmic surgeon, and his continued commitment to medical research and education is essential to our nation’s success,” Lynch said in a statement.
“I commend Dr. Lahey for his work and dedication to his patients, and I look forward to working with him as we move forward.”
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in U.C.L.A. federal court.
The complaint alleges Doctors Without Foreign Aid, which has offices in Houston, and Lahey are members of the U.F.A., a U.K.-based organization which has its headquarters in Dublin.
The complaint alleges that Lahey has been working as a doctor in Houston since 2004.
Laheys lawyers said the allegations are “baseless” and “unsubstantiated.”
Lahey has not responded to a request for comment.
Doctors Without Government, which represents Doctors Without Aid in the U-K, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
Lahey and Laherys representatives did not return calls seeking comment Friday.
Doctors With Foreign Aid and Doctors With Government did not respond to messages seeking comment as of late Friday.
Laherys lawyers also did not reply to a call seeking comment on the suit.
Doctors United, which is affiliated with Doctors Without Frontiers, did send a statement to Newsmax.
The group’s statement, released earlier this week, did nothing to address the complaint.
The lawsuit is the latest in a series of criminal charges brought against Doctors Without government and its affiliates.
Lahery has been charged with conspiracy to commit extortion and criminal extortion, which carry penalties of up to 15 years in prison.
Lahes lawyers have not responded.
Laheys attorneys also have argued that the UF.a. and Lahers organizations are responsible for the ophthalmoscope industry in the United States.
In November, Laheris lawyers argued in a motion filed in U-S.
District Court in Austin that the two organizations are not the only players in the market for ophthalms in the country.
Lahelys attorneys have previously filed complaints with U. S. authorities alleging fraud in the ocular market.
In March 2016, U.s.
Attorney’s office officials charged Lahey and a group of U.f.a.-affiliated organizations and doctors with fraud and conspiracy to violate U. s. securities laws, among other charges.
In March 2018, Lahey pleaded guilty to charges stemming from that case and was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.
In September 2018, the UfA and Lahey were fined $10 million for their role in the fraud.
Lahers attorney also previously filed a complaint with the Us.
Securities and Exchange Commission alleging the ophthomascope market is “corrupted.”
Laher’s lawyer has said he will fight the charges, which he called baseless.