DALLAS

A Dallas Federal Court has granted a motion to continue a trial against an Ennis doctor, Kevin Williams, to June 10, 2019.

Williams along with seven other individuals have been charged with offenses related to their participation in a $158 million health care fraud scheme.

United States District Judge Sam Lindsay made the ruling to reset the trial date on April 2. The trial was set to take place July 9.

Lindsay granted the request to allow for both the defendants and the government enough time to prepare for court.

“Defendants and the government are working on discovery matters and additional time is needed to come to an agreement on the production of electronic discovery to defendants,” Lindsay wrote. “Further, once the electronic discovery is produced, the defendants will need additional time to review and to determine, which if any, pretrial motions to file.”

Lindsay stated failure to grant the motion would deny counsel for the defendants reasonable time necessary for adequate preparation. He noted by allowing the motion ends of justice is served.

A federal grand jury charged eight individuals with offenses related to their participation in the healthcare fraud scheme on March 24, 2017. Through a press release, John Parker, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, announced the indictments of Jamshid “James” Noryian, 59, of Austin; Dehshid “David” Nourian, 53, of Plano; Christopher Rydberg, 40, of Fort Worth, Ashraf “Sherri” Mofid, 68, of Van Alstyne; Leyla Nourian, 48, of Frisco; Leslie Benson, 63, of Waco; Michael Taba, 52, of McKinney; and Williams.

Court documents stated each person is charged with one count to commit health care fraud, while Noryian, Nourian, Rydberg, Mofid, and Leyla Nourian are also charged with one count of conspiracy to launder money and engage in monetary transactions in criminally derived property. The defendants were released on bond pending trial.