Dr. Mahesh Kuthuru sentenced to 18 months in prison for health care fraud
Las Vegas based Pain Management Physician Dr. Mahesh Kuthuru, who also had practice in Fulton and Utica, NY, is sentenced to 18 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $84,265 restitution for Medicare fraud.
Kuthuru pleaded guilty in January to health care fraud and improperly issuing prescription pain medicines such as Oxycodone and Oxycontin. On October 15, 2014, a grand jury returned an Indictment against Dr. Mahesh Kuthuru, charging him with nine counts of distribution of a Schedule II controlled substance.
Dr. Kuthuru made an initial appearance on October 16, 2014, with his retained counsel and entered pleas of not guilty to the charges in the Indictment. He was released on a personal recognizance bond.
A federal grand jury last year charged Kuthuru and his former officer manager, Bonnie Meislin, with engaging in a scheme to defraud Medicare at the offices of Upstate Pain Management in Utica and Fulton.
The two defrauded health insurers out of more than $100,000 by routinely billing when there was no doctor in the offices in Fulton and Utica from January 2010 to June 2011, federal prosecutors said, according to the Syracuse.com report.
Kuthuru opened Desert Pain Management in Las Vegas in 2009, and only returned sporadically to the offices in Fulton and Utica, prosecutors said.
Kuthuru was charged with illegally distributing prescription medicines Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Methadone and Morphine Sulphate for patients in Fulton from his Las Vegas office.
Additionally, Dr. Kuthuru will forfeit any property that was derived from gross proceeds traceable to the commission of the offenses as alleged in indictment.