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Police served a search warrant Thursday and seized 70 medical records from Dr. Robert C. Davis after a three-month undercover investigation of alleged insurance fraud, according to court documents and West Jordan Police Lt. Gary Jeffs.

Davis is owner of the Family Medical Center, 1519 W. 9000 South.A spokesman for Davis' law firm said he would have no comment on the incident until the matter is resolved.

In separate actions, Davis faces a state licensing hearing in October on charges of making false statements on hospital and medical records, overcharging government agencies and insurance companies and acting in a sexually inappropriate manner with patients and staff. Peter Stirba, Davis' attorney, has characterized the state's 155-charge petition as a billing dispute, and claims the majority of charges are made by former patients who have not paid their bills.

A federal search warrant, signed by U.S. Postal Inspector Gary R. Jones on Jan. 3, states that Davis' clinic filed "false and fictitious representations" on Medicaid and Medicare claims. Both the Postal Service and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are conducting separate, ongoing investigations of the medical center. And a $2.25 million civil lawsuit alleging sexual harassment, wrongful termination, battery and defamation was filed in federal court last month by former clinic employee Colleen Miner.

On May 31, a felony rape charge against Davis was dismissed during a preliminary hearing. The Salt Lake County attorney's office said it had insufficient evidence to go ahead with the charge, and Davis passed two polygraph tests in connection with the investigation.

Regarding Thursday's search, Jeffs said an undercover officer had been receiving treatment from Davis. "As a result of that investigation, we served a search warrant and seized his file and about 70 others. What we're working on is insurance fraud."

The investigation was prompted after the Police Department received information from state licensing officials.

In a separate incident not related to Davis, an arrest warrant was served Thursday to a Family Medical Center employee, Kimberly Bird, 20, who was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for "unlawful distribution of controlled substances." Another warrant has been issued but not yet served for another center employee, whose name has not been disclosed.

An undercover officer purchased marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms in the clinic's parking lot, Jeffs said.