Doctor sentenced for lying to get out of speeding ticket
OROVILLE, Calif. - A San Francisco doctor was sentenced for felony charges after faking evidence to get out of a speeding ticket.
Dr. Nickesh Shah, 46, of San Francisco, was sentenced to 30 days in jail pursuant to a three-year probationary term. As terms of probation, the doctor must serve 30 days in custody at the Butte County Jail and be monitored with an ankle bracelet for another 60 days once he's released from custody. Additionally, the court ordered the doctor to obtain psychological counseling to address the lying and to be subject to search for possession of fabricated documents.
Shah was pulled over on April 3, 2013, by a California Highway Patrol officer for driving 95 mph on Highway 99. Shah told the officer he was on his way to a medical emergency.
The officer called the clinic to confirm but was told the doctor was simply late for work. Shah was cited for speeding.
Two weeks after being pulled over, authorities allege Shah submitted a fake letter to the Butte County District Attorney's Office from the clinic claiming he really was rushing to an emergency.
At a trial on November 22, 2013, the letter was presented to the court as evidence. However, the District Attorney's Office proved the letter had been fabricated. The doctor was found guilty of speeding and fined $500.
District Attorney Mike Ramsey said, "If there ever was a case for the old saying - Oh, what a tangled web we weave when we first practice to deceive - this is it." Ramsey said the state Medical Board of California is still investigating Dr. Shah activity in the case.