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Indian-origin doctor gets 9 years jail for healthcare fraud in US

NEW YORK: An Indian-origin doctor has been sentenced to 9 years in jail through a US courtroom for committing well being care fraud and illegally distributing prescription painkillers.
Pawankumar Jain, 66, a former doctor, was once sentenced in federal courtroom in Las Cruces, New Mexico to 9 years in jail and three years of supervised free up for unlawfully doling out controlled elements and healthcare fraud, US lawyer John Anderson said.

Jain prior to now entered guilty pleas in February 2016 to at least one rely of unlawfully doling out a controlled substance and one rely of healthcare fraud. In his plea agreement, Jain admitted that he prior to now was once approved to follow drugs in the State of New Mexico and was once registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to prescribe controlled elements, including pain medication.

He admitted that for several years he operated a high-volume “pain management” follow in Las Cruces, and steadily carried out handiest “cursory” examinations of his sufferers ahead of prescribing narcotics to them without documenting any healing benefit for those drugs in his information.

He specifically admitted analyzing one affected person in November 2009 and that he carried out only a superficial exam of the affected person ahead of writing him two prescriptions for methadone that were out of doors the usual process scientific follow and now not for any legit scientific objective.

Each prescription was once for 270 capsules of 10 mg methadone. Jain further admitted that he dedicated well being care fraud as a result of he knew these illegal prescriptions can be submitted to federal medical health insurance Medicare for payment and that he meant for Medicare to pay for the prescriptions.

Jain additionally acknowledged that the affected person died two days after filling the second methadone prescription. According to proof at the sentencing hearing, the affected person died of respiratory depression due to the methadone Jain prescribed. The New Mexico Medical Board suspended Jain's license in June 2012, and revoked his license in December 2012.

Anderson said US law enforcement agencies are dedicated to running to aggressively target and hold drug traffickers accountable – both those that distribute on the street, and those who visitors as physicians writing prescriptions for no legit scientific objective.

“Doctors who betray our accept as true with and put their very own financial acquire ahead of the well-being of their sufferers through prescribing narcotics without scientific justification are at once fueling our country's opioid disaster,” he said.

Special Agent in Charge Kyle Williamson of the DEA's El Paso Division said that Jain neglected the oath they take to treat and take care of sufferers who come to them for lend a hand, and persisted to overprescribe, which eventually resulted in the deaths of 4 sufferers.

“His sentencing as of late will ship a message to other docs that they don't seem to be above the law and DEA will proceed to forcefully pursue and hold them accountable.”

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