Nacchio's 'suspicious growth' biopsied
By Andy Vuong
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Joe Nacchio's dermatologist conducted a biopsy Monday on a
"suspicious growth" on the former Qwest chief executive's leg to
test it for skin cancer, according to a new court filing.
The results of the test will be known by Friday morning, Dr.
Warren Zwecker wrote in a letter filed today in Denver federal
court connected to Nacchio's motion to delay the date he must
report to prison for his illegal insider trading conviction.
U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger has ordered Nacchio to report
to a Pennsylvania prison camp
by noon Monday to begin serving his six-year term.
Nacchio's attorneys have asked to delay the date until April 7.
A hearing is set Thursday to review the motion.
Nacchio has been receiving treatment for
several months for
the growth on his leg, according to court documents unsealed
today. In Zwecker's letter, he states that if the mass is
benign, the "appropriate medical protocol" would be for him to
examine Nacchio again on March 26. If it is malignant,
surgery would be required as soon as possible, with a followup
visit 10 days to two weeks later.
Zwecker said that although the mass had responded slightly to
treatment administered during a February visit, he remained
"concerned" and decided to perform the biopsy.
Nacchio's attorney, Maureen Mahoney, did not respond to requests
Nacchio was convicted in 2007 on 19 counts of illegal insider
trading, accused of selling millions in Qwest stock after he was
warned by top executives that the company's financial condition
Mahoney has said she plans to appeal to the Supreme Court.
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