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Connecticut doc pleads to illegally selling 900 pain scripts

September 17, 2018, Darien, CT — A Darien doctor accused of running a pill mill out of the Family Health Urgent Care facility in Norwalk pleaded guilty Monday to health care fraud and money laundering.

Dr. Ramil Mansourov, 49, of Tokeneke Road, appeared before Senior U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton. She set sentencing to Dec. 5.

Federal authorities said Mansourov billed Medicaid nearly $5 million for home, office and nursing home visits that never occurred. He transferred some of the stolen money to a Swiss bank account and used the money for personal purposes, authorities said.

A co-defendant, Dr. Bharat Patel of Devine Place, Milford, pleaded guilty in June to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute narcotics and distributing narcotics and health care fraud.

Mansourov faces up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced.

He is also expected to be ordered to forfeit $50,000 for providing narcotic painkillers to patients who did not medically need them and in some instances allegedly resold them.

The incidents occurred between 2012 and 2017 and involved at least 900 prescriptions of oxycodone/hydrocodone.

The pair was indicted as part of a nationwide probe into the over-prescription of narcotic pain-killers and health care fraud which charged 115 doctors, nurses and medical professionals and involved $1.3 billion in false billings.

Patel had owned the Norwalk clinic until 2012 when he sold it to Mansourov but continued to work there. Addicts allegedly described the clinic to federal agents as “The Candy Shop,” court documents charge.

Patel was arrested and his home and office searched on July 12, 2017, by federal agents. Mansourov allegedly fled to Montreal where he was apprehended the following day by Canada Border Services agents on an immigration charge.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Rahul Kale has a 12-minute black and white video which shows a cooperating witness sliding three $100 bills to Patel in March 2017 after telling the doctor to write him several prescriptions for narcotics with specific dates.

Prosecutors said the two doctors have been participating providers with Medicare and the Connecticut Medicaid Program. Beginning about 2013, the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration received information that the pair were writing prescriptions for controlled substances outside the scope of legitimate medical practice.

The prosecution accuses Patel of providing prescriptions for narcotics to patients he knew were addicted or had been arrested for distributing or possessing controlled substances. One was a known Norwalk drug dealer who was convicted and sentenced to prison in 2014. Following his release, the dealer obtained over 1,000 oxycodone pills prescribed by Patel from March 11, 2016, to Dec. 24, 2016.

On numerous occasions Patel provided prescriptions to patients, even non-patients for cash, according to investigators. They charged that when Patel was unavailable, Mansourov wrote the prescriptions. In 2014, Patel is accused of depositing more than $50,000 in cash into his or his wife’s bank accounts.

Source: The Hour

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