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Doctors accused of preying on addicts in $500M scheme

December 18, 2018
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DETROIT — Prosecutors said six doctors have been charged in a scheme that allegedly involved millions of opioid drugs and unnecessary medical procedures.

U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said it's "particularly egregious" for doctors to prey on addicts.

An indictment unsealed this month says the doctors allegedly prescribed opioids to induce people to visit.

The indictment claims patients were forced to undergo other treatments.

Nearly $500 million was allegedly billed to insurers, mostly Medicare and Medicaid.

The alleged ringleader was Dr. Rajendra Bothra, who operated pain clinics in Warren and Eastpointe.

He's charged with conspiracy, fraud and other crimes.

He was returned to jail to await a detention hearing this month. His attorney declined to comment.

The Detroit News reported that Bothra was honored in India in 1999 for humanitarian efforts.

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