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FRAUDULENT PHYSICIAN ORDERED TO PAY RESTITUTION TO PATIENTS, ATTORNEY FEES

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It's been a bad week financially for Robert Davis, the former West Jordan physician serving time in a federal prison for fraud.

A federal judge has ordered Davis to pay $158,508 in restitution for defrauding his patients, Medicare and private insurance companies. Days earlier, his ex-wife's lawyer obtained a $25,000 judgment against Davis for attorney fees stemming from Davis' divorce.But it could have been worse. The federal government wanted Davis to pay $750,000. "We were really happy with the amount," said Stephen McCaughey, attorney for Davis. "It's the amount we proffered."

When U.S. District Judge David Winder ordered the restitution, he noted that Davis could afford to pay it without hurting his financial needs or his family's needs.

The government should have little trouble getting the money, McCaughey said. They attached liens against Davis' office building in West Jordan and his home in Sandy. They also have a $50,000 bond Davis posted.

"They have more than enough tied up to satisfy the $158,000," McCaughey said.

Delano Findlay, Monica Davis' attorney, says he has also attached a lien to the home and business for the $25,000 Davis owes him. A judge awarded Findlay attorney fees at the conclusion of the couple's protracted divorce proceedings, Findlay said.

But Davis is still feuding with Monica Davis over that property. A state judge may not settle that feud until September, said Steve Wall, one of Davis' attorneys. If the judge awards Monica Davis part or all of the home and office building, it becomes hers and the government can't get it, Wall said. But Wall believes a prenuptial agreement Davis required his wife to sign on their wedding day prohibits Monica Davis from getting any property.

This month, Davis also began paying $300 a month to support his daughter, Taylor, 3.

Davis has been moved from the prison camp in Boron, Calif., to a similar camp in Safford, Ariz. The Arizona camp has slightly tighter security, McCaughey said. "He never really said why he was moved."