May 31, 2019

Mandeville "Pill Mill" Doctor Pleads Guilty

Anil Prasad, M.D. (62), a neurologist from Mandeville pleaded guilty Thursday (May 30, 2019)
before U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo of the Eastern District of Louisiana for his role in a scheme to unlawfully prescribe controlled substances, namely oxycodone and hydrocodone, without performing required face-to-face examinations, and his role in a scheme to commit health care fraud. Sentencing is set for September 4, 2019.

Prasad admitted that he conspired with others to unlawfully distribute and dispense controlled substances at a medical clinic that was, in actuality, a pill mill. Prasad admitted that he rarely performed face-to-face examinations of patients at the clinic. Instead, Prasad admitted he pre-signed prescriptions for controlled substances for patients.  Those patients then picked up the prescriptions from the clinic after making a cash payment to the clinic. Prasad also admitted that he pre-signed prescriptions before traveling internationally, and that patients would pick up those prescriptions while he was out of the country.

In total, Medicare and Medicaid paid approximately $1,657,461.15 for those prescriptions, Prasad admitted.

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