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Six doctors charged in opioid scheme
DETROIT – Six Michigan doctors have been charged with insurance fraud and unnecessarily prescribing opioids to patients in a $464 million scheme, according to court documents filed by federal prosecutors.
The 56-count indictment, made public late Thursday, named Dr. Rajendra Bothra, 77, who owned and operated the Pain Center USA in Warren and Eastpointe, and the Interventional Pain Center in Warren. The other five doctors indicted – Eric Backos, 65; Ganiu Edu, 50; David Lewis, 41; Christopher Russo, 50; and Ronald Kufner, 68 – were employed by the clinics.
Bothra “sought to bill insurance companies for the maximum number of services and procedures possible with no regard to the patients’ needs,” said the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan. The doctors have been charged with submitting false claims to Medicare, Medicaid and Blue Cross Blue Shield and diverting the proceeds to themselves.