A former northwestern Indiana surgeon captured in Italy is mentally competent to be tried on health care fraud charges, a federal magistrate ruled Wednesday.
Magistrate Judge Paul Cherry denied a motion by prosecutors to have 46-year-old Mark Weinberger's mental state reviewed. Weinberger said he understood the charges against him and could assist in his own defense.
Authorities say Weinberger stabbed himself in the neck when he was arrested in Italy in December after more than five years on the run.
Hundreds of civil lawsuits were filed after Weinberger vanished. The case had been featured on "America's Most Wanted."
His defense attorney didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment.