Doctor convicted of embezzling cancer funding

A doctor was convicted Friday of misappropriating thousands of dollars intended for a San Jose hospital as part of a cancer research study, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.

A jury found Dr. Tri Minh Do, 48, of San Jose, guilty of embezzling more than $50,000 in federal grant money, which was supposed to reimburse Santa Clara Valley Medical Center for a study on cancer patients, prosecutors said.

Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Judy Lee said in a statement:

“This case was about a violation of trust. …┬áIt is disappointing that a hospital cannot trust its own doctor to protect precious grant money intended for patient care.”

The embezzlement was discovered in 2012, when the hospital found reimbursement checks from the American College of Radiology in Do’s work mail after he was fired from his job as a doctor with Valley Medical Center, prosecutors said.

Do was overseeing a breast and prostate cancer study and deposited $51,400 into his private Wells Fargo account, according to prosecutors.

Do used some of the money to purchase gifts for his family, according to prosecutors.

The funds were also used to pay off a mortgage for a family home and cash withdrawals. The transactions were made without the hospital’s knowledge, according to prosecutors.

Do faces up to four years in prison when he is sentenced April 18, prosecutors said.