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Lubbock County Medical Examiner responds to lawsuit

Published: Aug. 21, 2015 at 4:14 PM CDT|Updated: Feb. 19, 2016 at 5:26 PM CST
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LUBBOCK COUNTY, TX (KCBD) - A response from the Lubbock County Medical Examiner was filed Friday morning in the 72nd District Court.

The county's medical examiner, Dr. Sridhar M. Natarajan, has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

On Wednesday, the former Lubbock County Deputy Medical Examiner filed a lawsuit under the Texas Whistleblower Act.

Dr. Luisa Florez said she was wrongfully terminated on Friday, Aug. 14 after she reported illegal activity taking place at the Lubbock County Medical Examiner's Office.

She filed the lawsuit against Lubbock County, Lubbock County Commissioners, the Lubbock County Medical Examiner's Office and the Lubbock County Medical Examiner himself.

According to the response filed Friday morning, Natarajan "denies each and every, all and singular, the allegations contained in Plaintiff's current pleadings on file here in and demands strict proof thereof as is his right by law."

The response also states the medical examiner specially denies any defamatory allegations.

Natarajan also goes into a "long and checkered history with the law" in his response, bringing her immigration status into question.

The response states, "She has ignored even the basic responsibilities as a citizen of the United States and the State of Texas… she has remained in the United States as an illegal immigrant, having misrepresented her right to stay in the United States on a 'student visa.'

It goes on to say Florez was captured and jailed by the nation of France for traveling with an illegal visa.

According to the response, Natarajan is also bringing her credit history into question.

It says Florez and her ex-husband, who was imprisoned for criminal fraud, conspired together in an illegal credit scam.

Damaging the former Florez's reputation would not be possible, Natarajan states, as her reputation was already tarnished.

He circles back to the credit card fraud stating Florez, who was an assistant medical examiner in Harris County at the time, made false accusations under oath in regards to a loan application. The response includes several attachments from various blog sites and news outlets between 2011 and 2014 in the Houston area that report the first-degree felony made by Florez.

The documents go on to state Natarajan attempted to give Florez another chance when hiring her as the county's deputy medical examiner.

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PDF: Full text of response from Dr. Sridhar M. Natarajan

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