A doctor charged with stealing money from a cancer research grant and who appeared late to his hearing at Santa Clara County Superior Court today will remain free on bail pending a plea hearing in November, prosecutors said. Dr. Tri Minh Do, 45, of San Jose, showed up 45 minutes late to a hearing at the Hall of Justice in San Jose after commuting from Fresno where he works as a medical doctor, his attorney Leo Mezzetti said. Do’s hearing had to be transferred to another department at the court when he finally showed with Mezzetti and his co-council Lindy Faris before Santa Clara County Judge Hector Ramon. Ramon agreed to set Do’s plea hearing for Nov. 1 at the request of Deputy District Attorney Judy Lee and Do’s two lawyers. Do is free from jail after he turned himself in and posted $25,000 bail last month, according to Lee.
The district attorney has charged the doctor with embezzling $46,000 from the American College of Radiology meant for a cancer study at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Lee said. Do had been working for the medical center as a radiologist when he allegedly set up a bank account and cashed reimbursement checks sent by the college for the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group study, Lee said. Do’s name was printed on the checks along with the medical center’s address and he allegedly convinced his bank to deposit the cash into his own separate account, Lee said. Do, who oversaw the cancer study, used the grant money for his phone and credit card bills and to help pay his parents’ home mortgage without them knowing where the money came from, according to Lee. The scheme was discovered late last year after Do stopped working at the medical center, Lee said.
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