Prescription Drug Fraud Caught in Livonia
A Livonia doctor and five accomplices were charged last week with running a prescription pain pill fraud scheme.
The indictment alleges that the scheme involved recruiters who would bring patients to Dr. Mohammad Batayneh’s office for a “cursory examination or no examination at all.” Allegedly, the doctor would then write a prescription for Roxicodone, a highly addictive pain pill, and give it to the recruiter.
The indictment states that the recruiter would then pay the doctor and get the prescriptions filled at a cooperating pharmacy. After being filled, the recruiter is alleged to have sold the drugs to street dealers in Detroit.
Dr. Batayneh is believed to have unlawfully prescribed more than 300,000 doses of Roxicodone from 2011 to April 2013.
Dr. Batayneh and the other five defendants have been charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances – a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
With prescription drug fraud rising to epidemic levels, Federal prosecutions have dramatically increased. The crimes charged are severe and the sentences are long. Having knowledgeable and experienced counsel on your side is a necessity.
If you or someone you know has been charged with fraud, or are concerned that you may be involved in fraudulent behavior, contact experienced fraud attorney Mark Mandell at (248) 380-0000 or online at FB-Firm.com.
To read about this latest indictment, please visit the Federal Bureau of Investigation website.