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MICHI­GAN

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.

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