FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Fairfield psychiatrist Ljudmil Kljusev and one of his office employees have been arrested on federal charges of illegally distributing narcotics, according to Deirdre M. Daly, U.S. attorney for Connecticut.
Kljusev, who has operated a psychiatry practice at 227 Naugatuck Ave. in Milford, was arrested Thursday, Nov. 12, at his home in Fairfield. He was charged with distributing narcotics outside of the scope of professional practice, and money laundering.
According to the criminal complaint, Kljusev has been a high-volume prescriber of Adderall and Xanax to patients who pay for office visits and prescriptions in cash, according to the statement.
Dusan Bosotov, an employee at the office, was also arrested on a charge of illegally distributing narcotics.
Kljusev, also known as “Dr. K.”, 51, appeared Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah A. L. Merriam in New Haven and was detained.
Bosotov, 32, was arrested Thursday, at his residence in Clifton, N.J. He appeared before a U.S. magistrate judge in Newark and was released on a $200,000 bond.
The investigation, which included the use of confidential witnesses and an undercover officer posing as patients, found that Kljusev prescribed the drugs without a full medical examination of the patient, provided prescriptions without confirming conditions that would medically require treatment using these drugs and dispensed prescriptions in exchange for cash to patients who display substance abuse and addiction behaviors.
He also also directed non-physician employees, including Bosotov , to write prescriptions signed by Kljusev when he was out of the country.
The doctor would then deposit the cash proceeds of his unlawful activities into a business account, which he used to fund his personal expenses, including mortgage payments, international travel, and clothing.
Both men are charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute narcotics, an offense that carries a maximum prison term of 20 years. Kljusev also is charged with money laundering, an offense that carries a maximum prison term of 10 years.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the DEA’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad and the Milford Police Department.
The arrests were announced by Daly, along with Michael Ferguson, of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England, and Milford Police Chief Keith Mello.
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