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A doctor who was imprisoned for sickening Illinois colleagues with ant poison and later had a stormy stint at a Long Island hospital is wanted for questioning in five patients' deaths in Zimbabwe, a federal source said Friday.

Dr. Michael Swango, 42, alias Jackson Michael Kirk, faces arraignment Monday in Uniondale on a federal fraud charge stemming from his internship at the Long Island Veterans Administration Hospital in Northport in 1992.

Swango was arrested in Chicago on his return from Africa on June 27. Authorities picked him up on a warrant issued in October 1994 on the Long Island fraud charge.

Swango had been convicted of poisoning paramedic-coworkers in Illinois in 1985 and served two years in prison.

After his release, he moved around the United States, eventually seeking an internship in the Long Island hospital.

In his application, he allegedly failed to disclose that he had been arrested in the early 1980s in a barroom brawl; that is the basis of the fraud charge. It was not clear whether hospital officials knew about the Illinois poisoning incident, which resulted in conviction for battery.

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