62-yr-old Indian-origin neurologist in US charged with conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud

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

Press Trust of India April 20, 2019 12:40:06 IST
62-yr-old Indian-origin neurologist in US charged with conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud
  • An Indian-origin neurologist has been charged with conspiracy to unlawfully dispense controlled substances and commit healthcare fraud in the US

  • According to court documents, between November 2016 and July 2018, Prasad worked at a pain management clinic in Slidell

  • Prasad faces a possible maximum sentence of 30 years imprisonment and a $1.25 million dollar fine on both counts he is charged with

New York: An Indian-origin neurologist has been charged with conspiracy to unlawfully dispense controlled substances and commit healthcare 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 healthcare 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 $1.65 million dollars for those prescriptions. Prasad faces a possible maximum sentence of 30 years imprisonment and a $1.25 million dollar fine on both counts he is charged with.

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