Physician Received Portion of Drug and Medicaid Profit Claims

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Michael Don Robertson, 67, an Anchorage physician, plead guilty on Wednesday to one count ofconspiracy to commit controlled substance fraud and one count of healthcare fraud. The sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 25, in Anchorage. Robertson faces a maximumsentence of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, or both, on the charges. In a scheme to obtain money from Medicaid, Robertson caused claims to be submitted to Medicaid regarding these 790 prescriptions, resulting in Medicaid paying $3,286.87 to Robertson’s medical practice. Further, Medicaid paid $3,601.52 to pharmacies for these 790 controlled substance prescriptions. Meperidine, commonly known as Demerol, is a Schedule II controlled substance, and is an opioid with an abuse liability similar to morphine. Robertson knowingly and intentionally distributed controlled substances outside the usual course of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose, according to U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason.center_img The investigation further revealed that Robertson failed to make and preserve accurate records regarding approximately 790 prescriptions for controlled substances, and failed to keep any medical records whatsoever regarding five patients to whom he wrote prescriptions for controlled substances. The investigation revealed that Robertson issued the meperidine prescriptions as part of a conspiracy in which the recipients filled the meperidine prescriptions and, then, distributed the meperidine to Robertson. In exchange for the recipients diverting the meperidine to Robertson, Robertson provided prescriptions for controlled substances, including fentanyl and oxycodone, to the recipients. According to court documents, from May 2015 to March 2018, Robertson issued 465 prescriptions ofmeperidine to 30 different recipients, totaling 32,109 meperidine pills, knowing that the recipients did not truly need the medication for a legitimate medical purpose.last_img