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March 23, 2011 | By Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
Federal prosecutors were surprised to learn this week that Dr. Ricardo Asch, who was being held in Mexico City for extradition to the United States on charges stemming from a fertility clinic scandal that rocked UC Irvine and the world of reproductive medicine 16 years ago, has been freed from custody. Informed of the release by The Times, officials said Tuesday they were seeking an explanation from Mexico about the handling the extradition. "We still expect the authorities in Mexico to give full consideration to our request" to return Asch, said Assistant U.S. Atty.
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March 23, 2011 | By Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
Federal prosecutors were surprised to learn this week that Dr. Ricardo Asch, who was being held in Mexico City for extradition to the United States on charges stemming from a fertility clinic scandal that rocked UC Irvine and the world of reproductive medicine 16 years ago, has been freed from custody. Informed of the release by The Times, officials said Tuesday they were seeking an explanation from Mexico about the handling the extradition. "We still expect the authorities in Mexico to give full consideration to our request" to return Asch, said Assistant U.S. Atty.
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December 28, 2010 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
A physician who rocked a UC Irvine fertility clinic 15 years ago, when he and a partner switched the frozen embryos of dozens of unsuspecting women, is being held in Mexico City as U.S. officials race a deadline to extradite him to face criminal charges. Ricardo Asch, one of two fertility doctors who fled prosecution as the scandal in Orange County unfolded, was arrested in Mexico City on Nov. 3, said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. He remains in custody as U.S. prosecutors seek to extradite him to Southern California to face federal mail fraud and tax evasion charges.
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December 28, 2010 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
A physician who rocked a UC Irvine fertility clinic 15 years ago, when he and a partner switched the frozen embryos of dozens of unsuspecting women, is being held in Mexico City as U.S. officials race a deadline to extradite him to face criminal charges. Ricardo Asch, one of two fertility doctors who fled prosecution as the scandal in Orange County unfolded, was arrested in Mexico City on Nov. 3, said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. He remains in custody as U.S. prosecutors seek to extradite him to Southern California to face federal mail fraud and tax evasion charges.
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August 12, 1995 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
UC Irvine and physicians involved in the fertility scandal at the Center for Reproductive Health made two attempts at ending their relationship earlier this year before university officials cut off talks aimed at reaching a settlement, according to documents obtained Friday. Attorneys for Drs. Ricardo H. Asch, Jose P.
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October 21, 1995 | TRACY WEBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One of three doctors implicated in the UC Irvine fertility clinic scandal has closed his clinic at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, increasing concerns that he may not return to the United States to face the results of federal and state investigations. Fertility expert Dr. Jose P. Balmaceda, who has been living in his native Chile since August, had the Saddleback facility closed and transferred control of the 2,000 frozen embryos stored there to a Newport Beach physician.
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January 20, 2001 | JACK LEONARD and STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A doctor fleeing fraud charges stemming from the 1994 scandal at UC Irvine's now-defunct fertility clinic was captured this week as he tried to slip into Argentina, U.S. officials said Friday. Dr. Jose P. Balmaceda, 53, who had eluded federal agents monitoring his activities for more than two years, was arrested Thursday after customs officials at Buenos Aires Airport recognized him as a fugitive, authorities said.
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November 30, 1995 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Facing a dozen lawsuits and a criminal probe into his activities at UC Irvine's Center for Reproductive Health, Dr. Jose P. Balmaceda sold his Corona del Mar home last summer and boarded a plane to his native Chile, calling the trip a visit to his ailing mother. But the besieged fertility expert--who fled the Chilean military junta two decades ago--has come home. And despite his bruised U.S. reputation, his presence in this city of 4.
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January 17, 1996 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A committee of University of California regents this week will consider a proposal to stop paying the salaries of two doctors implicated in the UC Irvine fertility scandal, according to a confidential document. Ricardo H. Asch and Jose P. Balmaceda, accused by the university of stealing eggs and embryos from patients and giving them to others, would lose annual salaries of $95,800 and $63,700 respectively, according to the staff proposal. A third physician accused in the scandal, Sergio C.
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June 1, 1995 | J.R. MOEHRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the first time since his internationally acclaimed fertility practice at UC Irvine became entwined in suspicions of egg-stealing and record-hiding, Dr. Jose P. Balmaceda took the offensive Wednesday, denying any wrongdoing and seeking to restore a once-golden reputation.
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January 23, 2001 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal authorities Monday said it may take a year to extradite from Argentina a fugitive Orange County doctor wanted for alleged crimes in connection with the 1994 UC Irvine fertility clinic scandal. Dr. Jose P. Balmaceda, 53, who was captured Thursday after being spotted by customs officials at a Buenos Aires airport, is expected to fight extradition in an Argentine court proceeding aimed at determining whether the U.S. government has sufficient evidence against him.
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January 20, 2001 | JACK LEONARD and STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A doctor fleeing fraud charges stemming from the 1994 scandal at UC Irvine's now-defunct fertility clinic was captured this week as he tried to slip into Argentina, U.S. officials said Friday. Dr. Jose P. Balmaceda, 53, who had eluded federal agents monitoring his activities for more than two years, was arrested Thursday after customs officials at Buenos Aires Airport recognized him as a fugitive, authorities said.
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June 29, 1996 | MARTIN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dr. Sergio C. Stone pleaded not guilty Friday to 30 counts of mail fraud, a day after a federal grand jury indicted Stone and Dr. Jose P. Balmaceda, his former partner at the now-defunct UC Irvine fertility clinic. Balmaceda, 47, who left the United States after the scandal broke last June, was not in court today, but his criminal attorney hinted he may return.
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March 21, 1996 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Soon after the UC Irvine fertility clinic scandal broke, a UCI doctor offered a former employee what she thought was a bribe to keep quiet about what had gone on within clinic walls, the employee testified Wednesday. Toula Batshoun, a former office supervisor, testified that in late May or early June of last year--more than two years after she quit her job at the clinic--an attorney for Dr. Jose P. Balmaceda asked her in a meeting, "how deep are your wounds?"
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January 17, 1996 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A committee of University of California regents this week will consider a proposal to stop paying the salaries of two doctors implicated in the UC Irvine fertility scandal, according to a confidential document. Ricardo H. Asch and Jose P. Balmaceda, accused by the university of stealing eggs and embryos from patients and giving them to others, would lose annual salaries of $95,800 and $63,700 respectively, according to the staff proposal. A third physician accused in the scandal, Sergio C.
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November 30, 1995 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Facing a dozen lawsuits and a criminal probe in the biggest ethical scandal to hit reproductive medicine, Dr. Jose P. Balmaceda sold his Corona del Mar home last summer and boarded a plane to his native Chile, calling the trip a visit to his ailing mother. But the besieged fertility expert--who escaped the Chilean military junta as an exile two decades ago--has come home. And despite his bruised U.S. reputation, his presence in this city of 4.
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January 23, 2001 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal authorities Monday said it may take a year to extradite from Argentina a fugitive Orange County doctor wanted for alleged crimes in connection with the 1994 UC Irvine fertility clinic scandal. Dr. Jose P. Balmaceda, 53, who was captured Thursday after being spotted by customs officials at a Buenos Aires airport, is expected to fight extradition in an Argentine court proceeding aimed at determining whether the U.S. government has sufficient evidence against him.
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November 30, 1995 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Facing a dozen lawsuits and a criminal probe into his activities at UC Irvine's Center for Reproductive Health, Dr. Jose P. Balmaceda sold his Corona del Mar home last summer and boarded a plane to his native Chile, calling the trip a visit to his ailing mother. But the besieged fertility expert--who fled the Chilean military junta two decades ago--has come home. And despite his bruised U.S. reputation, his presence in this city of 4.
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