Forced labor case dropped against former E. Texas psychiatrist

Updated: Apr. 9, 2015 at 12:25 PM CDT
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Attorneys in New York City have filed paperwork to drop the 'forced labor conspiracy' case and charges against four men, including one East Texas psychiatrist.

Dr. Riyaz Mazcuri, was arrested in 2014 by the Gregg County Sheriff's Office and booked in the jail on a federal warrant.

According to documents from the federal court in the Southern District of New York, Mazcuri, known as 'The Doctor,' was indicted along with three other men accused of organizing this human trafficking organization.

However, prosecutors filed paperwork dropping the case saying:

"We have recently learned additional facts that call into question certain information that had been relied upon at the time of the Indictment and that undermine the credibility of witnesses the Government had expected to call at trial. Based on a review of the evidence in the case and information acquired subsequent to the filing of the Indictment, the Government has concluded that further prosecution of SABJA KHIMANI, RIYAZ MAZCURI, a/k/a "The Doctor," RASHMIKANT PATEL, and MEHMOOD HASSANALI DHANANI, a/k/a "Sam," a/k/a "Mehmoob," the defendants, would not be in the interests of justice."

Mazcuri is a psychiatrist who has practiced in Texas for several years in Houston and most recently at a facility in Kilgore.

At the time the initial charges were filed, Federal court documents state the men would hire female dancers in India under the assumption they would perform cultural programs in the United States. Prosecutors alleged when they would get to the U.S., the women would be forced to dance in nightclubs in front of men for twelve to fourteen hours per night, seven nights a week. Some of the performers were reportedly engaged in prostitution. The men would reportedly force the women to perform by confiscating their passports and by threatening them with physical violence.

The group reportedly operated in New York and in other locations from 2008 to 2010.

According to jail records, Mazcuri has a Houston address.

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