Civil action against dentist stayed pending criminal investigation

The front of the Southwest Dental Group owned by Dr. Javar S. Aghaloo. A federal judge last week stayed a civil forfeiture action against the dentist pending the outcome of an ongoing criminal investigation into alleged Medicare fraud. PHOTO MICHAEL MARESH

EL CENTRO — A federal judge has granted a stay of forfeiture of assets of a local dentist pending the outcome of an ongoing criminal investigation.

Back in April, the U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a civil complaint in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California to seize assets of Southwest Dental Clinic and its owner, Dr. Javar Aghaloo, over alleged Medicare fraud and other offenses.

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