A psychiatrist in Massachusetts is facing charges for allegedly illegally prescribing controlled substances to patients and scheming to defraud the Medicare program, authorities announced.
Mohamad Och, age 65, of Worcester, was indicted on eight counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and two counts of health care fraud for allegedly illegally prescribing Adderall, Xanax and Klonopin to patients and running a health care fraud scheme.
According to U.S. Attorney Nathaniel Mendell, Och, who owned and operated Island Counseling Center (ICC), in Worcester, and has practiced psychiatry throughout the Commonwealth, repeatedly prescribed a combination of benzodiazepines and stimulants to patients without a legitimate medical purpose.
Specifically, it is alleged that on several occasions between August 2016 and March 2017, Och issued prescriptions for Adderall, a Schedule II controlled substance, in combination with Xanax or Klonopin - both of which are Schedule IV controlled substances - to patients outside the usual course of professional practice.
It is further alleged that between January 2016 and July 2017, Och was involved in a scheme to defraud Medicare by submitting false and fraudulent claims tied to phony office visits that allowed him to obtain a greater reimbursement than he was entitled to.
If he is found guilty of prescribing a Schedule II controlled substance, Och could face up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Following his appearance in federal court, Och was released and is scheduled to return at a later date.
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