In the world of Paramedics, we call them “Third World Assassins”
In Fredericksburg Virginia yet another Indian-American physician now faces decades in prison after being charged with nearly 100 felonies, including killing at least one patient.
Doctor Nibedita Mohanty, who previously served as Chief of Medicine at Stafford Hospital, was taken from her office in handcuffs after being arrested for prescribing thousands upon thousands of narcotic pills to known drug addicts and drug dealers. In addition to the Homicide, the warrant for her arrest listed 22 counts of Insurance Theft and more than 70 counts of Narcotic Distribution.
The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office reports that in one case alone, Mohanty, age 54, illegally sold thousands of doses of narcotics to a 41-year-old patient while knowing that he was an addict. The man died in 2012. His autopsy report revealed acute levels of antidepressants and oxycodone in his system. The Homicide charge stems from “a death by overdose, directly related to Mohanty’s routine of over-prescribing narcotics.”
Investigators initially began looking into Mohanty’s clinic in 2011. Her office and home were subsequently raided and the State Medical Board suspended her medical license one year ago.
Stafford Circuit Court records show that Mohanty’s clinic was in fact a “pill mill” where drug dealers and addicts knew they could easily “score” for cash. Both the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI joined the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office in the case, which turned up as many as 50 witnesses against the wayward doctor.
According to witnesses, “she’ll prescribe any drug you want for $250.”
A Virginia State search warrant of the doctor’s office, in February, 2013, turned up the following:
- $28,800 in cash found in the doctor’s desk
- $7,300 in cash found in the doctor’s purse
- $3,075 in cash was found in a bank deposit container
(The case was investigated by the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, and the FBI’s Richmond and Washington Field Offices. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gene Rossi and Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer Ballantyne and Nicole Grosnoff are prosecutors.)
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Virginia doctor Nibedita Mohanty has changed her “not guilty” plea to “guilty” in U.S. District Court for the eastern district of Virginia, according to FBI sources.
Mohanty, the Stafford Hospital Chief of Medicine from 2009-2013, admitted to two chargess that she illegally prescribed and distributed narcotics from 2009 to 2011.
She also confessed to one count of health care fraud. The prosecution dismissed 40 other charges.
The two distribution counts carry a prison sentence from 30 months to 7 years.
The maximum penalty for health care fraud is imprisonment for 10 years, a fine of $250,000.
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