Indianapolis doctor charged with dealing drugs
An Indianapolis doctor faces over 20 felony counts charging him with writing illicit prescriptions for painkillers.
Authorities announced Monday that Dr. Segun Rasaki was being held in the Marion County Jail on charges of dealing in controlled substances and insurance fraud.
Court documents say the investigation began in 2009 after pharmacists contacted the Drug Enforcement Administration with concerns about Rasaki's prescribing practices.
Rasaki is charged with prescribing drugs like hydrocodone and methadone to people who didn't need them and submitting fraudulent insurance claims such as duplicate billings and claims for nonexistent office visits.
A charge of insurance fraud stems from findings that Dr. Rasaki allegedly filed more than $5,000 worth of fraudulent claims with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
"There was 100 percent error rate in those claims, and that the errors consisted of either duplicate billings that had been submitted; ghost visits in which there was no actual patient that had appeared on that particular day," said Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry.
The Indiana attorney general says a new website allows physicians statewide to now review all of the prescriptions issued to an individual to help curb prescription drug abuse and over-prescribing.
Rasaki is charged with the following:
• 23 Counts of Dealing in a Controlled Substance, a Class B Felony
• 1 Count of Dealing in a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, a Class C Felony
• 1 Count Insurance Fraud, a Class C Felony
An initial hearing is scheduled Tuesday in a Marion County court. Rasaki doesn't yet have an attorney.
The charges resulted from an undercover investigation by a DEA agent.
Dr. Rasaki was charged in March 2012 with sexual battery. He was accused of inappropriately touching patients.
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