SANTA ANA (AP) — A Mexican judge released a fugitive doctor at the heart of a scandal involving the theft of human eggs at a Southern California fertility center after determining the crimes he is accused of are not serious enough to merit denying bail.

An employee of the Mexican attorney general’s office says Wednesday that the judge allowed Dr. Ricardo Asch to be freed on one million pesos in bail, or about $83,000. The employee spoke on condition of anonymity because he’s not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

Asch, who is wanted on mail fraud and income-tax evasion charges related to the scandal, was arrested in Mexico last year.

U.S. prosecutors plan to continue seeking his extradition.

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Comments (6)
  1. WH Jones says:

    Mexican doctor. Nuff said. Probably got his license from a TJ tienda.

    1. stef says:

      Ignorant racist. “Balmaceda fled to his native Chile” which is NOT in Mexico.

    2. jaided says:

      ignorant people deserve to be stoned.

  2. I Abhor JH jones says:

    WH Jones, you ignorant fool, this is why our society never advance, because of ignorants like you. Do us all a favor and go back to school.please.

    1. Trisha says:

      Clearly you’re the one that needs to go back to school! Your grammar is awful and offensive!

  3. Donald McRonald says:

    Chile, Mexico…it’s all the same. The only difference is how they make their tacos really.

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