Norwalk doctor expected to plead guilty this morning to illegally prescribing pain killers
NEW HAVEN-A Darien doctor accused of running a pill mill out of the Family Health Urgent Care facility in Norwalk is expected to appear in federal court and plead guilty to charges this morning.
Dr. Ramil Mansourov, 47, of Tokeneke Road, will appear before Senior U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton at 10 a.m.
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.
The federal sentencing guidelines call for him to a sentence ranging from seven years-to-nine years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 26. He is also expected to be ordered to forfeit $158,524 for providing narcotic painkillers to patients who did not medically need them and in some instances allegedly resold them. The incidents occurred between 2012-2017 and involved at least 900 prescriptions of 60 7.5 milligram of oxycodone/hydrocodone.
The pair was indicted as part of nationwide probe into the over-prescription of narcotic pain-killer and health care fraud which charged 115 doctors, nurses and medical professionals and involved $1.3 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 in approximately 2013, the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration received information that the pair may be 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.
Some of the patients used state Medicaid benefits to pay for their prescriptions and then sold the drugs on the street.