According to a SoMDNews.com report, a Prince Frederick physician was recently indicted by a federal grand jury for charges of illegal distribution of drugs and health care fraud in connection to several pain management clinics he operated. The 75-year-old physician was indicted on eight charges of distributing and dispensing methadone, 14 charges of distributing and dispensing oxycodone, and 15 counts of health care fraud, and the indictment alleges that the man ran a “pill mill” out of his clinics in Waldorf, Greenbelt, and Prince Frederick.
The doctor, authorized to dispense medicine to patients for valid purposes, is accused of giving individuals prescriptions for controlled substances, such as oxycodone and methadone, for a fee without any legitimate medical purpose. According to a press release, the indictment states that from at least 2007 through July 2011 the physician also filed fraudulent insurance claims in a scheme to defraud Medicare, Medicaid, and the U.S. Department of Labor, among other organizations, and reportedly submitted claims falsely seeking reimbursement for patients’ office visits that did not occur.
In addition, the MD doctor allegedly fraudulently double billed for his services, collecting cash payments from patients for an office visit and later improperly filing a claim for those same services. The 75-year-old also “upcoded” many of his patients’ office visits in order to obtain a higher reimbursement, claiming he met with patients for a much longer period of time. The indictment seeks forfeiture of more than $3 million, which is believed to be the amount of proceeds from the health care fraud scheme.
The Prince Frederick physician faces a maximum of 10 years in prison for each count of health care fraud and maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for each count of illegal distribution of drugs.
The penalties for prescription drug fraud are exceedingly severe and can do irreparable harm to a health care professional’s career and reputation. The Prince Frederick criminal defense lawyers at the law firm of Alpert Schreyer understand the serious impact a conviction can have on a person’s future and are committed to providing outstanding legal representation to defend MD residents against the harsh consequences the prosecution will likely seek.
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