Desai avoids credit counseling in his bankruptcy case

Dr. Dipak Desai’s future remains uncertain, as he faces criminal charges and remains embroiled in massive civil litigation stemming from the Hepatitis C outbreak.

But one thing the embattled physician no longer has to worry about is attending mandatory credit counseling in his bankruptcy case.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Mike Nakagawa on Tuesday let Desai off the hook after his lawyer argued that strokes had left Desai unable to understand his financial affairs.

Attorney John Hansen told Nakagawa in court that his client "breaks down and cries" when he finds himself unable to assist his wife with his finances.

Nakagawa sided with Hansen after Desai’s insurance carrier, Nevada Mutual Insurance, withdrew its opposition.

Desai’s competency to stand trial on the criminal charges is still being evaluated in District Court.

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