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Posted at: Apr 20, 2019, 8:19 AM; last updated: Apr 20, 2019, 4:40 PM (IST)

Indian-origin neurologist charged with health care fraud in United States

Indian-origin neurologist charged with health care fraud in United States
Prasad faces a possible maximum sentence of 30 years’ imprisonment. iStock

New York, April 20

An Indian-origin neurologist has been charged with conspiracy to unlawfully dispense controlled substances and commit health care fraud in the United States.

Anil Prasad, 62, of Louisiana was charged with one count of prescribing controlled substances outside the course of professional practice and for no legitimate purpose and one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, US Attorney Peter Strasser said.

According to court documents, between November 2016 and July 2018, Prasad worked at a pain management clinic in Slidell and, during the course of his employment, he pre-signed prescriptions for controlled substances, including oxycodone and hydrocodone, without performing patient examinations to determine medical necessity.

Additionally, Prasad knew that certain of those patients used their federal insurance program Medicare and Medicaid benefits to fill those prescriptions. In total, Medicare and Medicaid paid approximately USD 1.65 million dollars for those prescriptions.

Prasad faces a possible maximum sentence of 30 years’ imprisonment and a USD 1.25 million dollar fine on both counts he is charged with. PTI

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