One pharmacist, Babubhai Patel, RPh, owned and managed the 26 pharmacies involved in the scheme. He and his business associates gave kickbacks and bribes to physicians and podiatrists to write medically unnecessary prescriptions for patients. They then billed third party payers for the fake encounters and bogus prescriptions.
What is even more astonishing is that these charges occurred since January 2009. The pharmacies dispensed at least 4.6 million doses of Vicodin and 1.5 million doses of Xanax. It seems that those amounts should raise a red flag somewhere.
I am pleased to shine a light on the indicted professionals. I know they are presumed innocent until proven guilty but I expect a guilty verdict will be handed down so here they are:
Psychiatrist-Mark Greenbain, MD
General Surgeon and Internist-Paul Petre, MD
Internist-Mustak Vaid, MD
Podiatrist-Anmy Tran, DPM
Psychologist-Sanyani Edwards, PhD.
If guilty, I hope they serve long sentences for this crime. It should be noted that the majority of physicians are struggling to survive under Medicare payments.