Las Vegas Sun

February 1, 2015

Currently: 62° — Complete forecast | Log in | Create an account

Spine surgeon Mark Kabins gets probation, must pay restitution

A Las Vegas spine surgeon who pleaded guilty to concealing fraud was sentenced today to five years of probation and six months of home detention, said U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden of Nevada. He is also required to pay $3.5 million in restitution to a victim who became paralyzed after surgery.

Dr. Mark B. Kabins, 49, who was facing charges of fraud and conspiracy for his role in an alleged scheme involving local lawyer Noel Gage and medical consultant Howard Awand, pleaded guilty Nov. 23 to one count of misprision of felony, which is defined under federal law as knowing that another person committed a felony and not notifying appropriate authorities about the crime as soon as possible, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

U.S. District Judge Justin L. Quackenbush handed down the sentence on the charge today after accepting Kabins’ guilty plea.

By pleading guilty, Kabins admitted to falsifying medical records and conspiring with Gage and Awand to defraud a woman who was paralyzed after routine back surgery in 2000.

In addition to probation and home confinement, Kabins was sentenced to 250 hours of community service and to pay $3.5 million in restitution to victim Melodie Simon, a former Olympian.

Kabins was facing up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count if he had been convicted of the original charges against him: one count of conspiracy and seven counts of mail and honest service fraud.

Gage and Awand were charged with conspiracy and fraud in 2007. The men are accused of being part of a network of Las Vegas physicians and lawyers who cheated clients out of honest services by, among other things, protecting doctors from malpractice lawsuits and sharing kickbacks from legal settlements.

Their trial is set to begin Feb. 10.

The case is being investigated by the FBI, the IRS criminal investigation unit and the Nevada Attorney General’s Office, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Steven W. Myhre and Daniel R. Schiess.

Join the Discussion:

Check this out for a full explanation of our conversion to the LiveFyre commenting system and instructions on how to sign up for an account.

Full comments policy

Previous Discussion: comments so far…

Comments are moderated by Las Vegas Sun editors. Our goal is not to limit the discussion, but rather to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and contain no abusive language. Comments that are off-topic, vulgar, profane or include personal attacks will be removed. Full comments policy. Additionally, we now display comments from trusted commenters by default. Those wishing to become a trusted commenter need to verify their identity or sign in with Facebook Connect to tie their Facebook account to their Las Vegas Sun account. For more on this change, read our story about how it works and why we did it.

Only trusted comments are displayed on this page. Untrusted comments have expired from this story.

No trusted comments have been posted.