Fugitive Doctor Caught Camping in Italian Alps

Mountain guide leads authorities to Mark Weinberger's tent
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2009 11:21 AM CST
This image provided by "America's Most Wanted" , shows Dr. Mark Weinberger, 46, of Merrillville, Ind., who was arrested earlier this week on a mountain in Val Ferret, Italy.   (AP Photo/America's Most Wanted via Kenneth Allen and Associates)

(Newser) – A fugitive American doctor accused of widespread fraud and malpractice was found and arrested this week on a snowy mountain in Italy after 5 years on the run. Mark Weinberg, an Indiana ear, nose, and throat specialist, was living in a tent in Val Ferret. When police cornered him, Weinberg stabbed himself in the neck. He’s currently in the hospital, authorities tell the Telegraph.

Police say they believe Weinberg was planning to enter Switzerland. He’d previously rented an apartment in a nearby town, then left without paying his rent. A US grand jury indicted the "Nose Doctor" in 2006 on 22 counts of fraud. More than 100 patients have sued, saying he promised modern, pricey procedures but instead performed quick, outdated ones. He had been featured on America’s Most Wanted as recently as August. (Read more Mark Weinberg stories.)

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