“Our evidence showed, for most patients, that Bhuthimethee did not operate a legitimate medical practice, but instead was engaged in a scheme to distribute controlled substances illegally, thereby defrauding health care benefit programs, namely, Illinois Medicaid, by running what was in essence a prescription service for drug addicts, commonly known as a ‘pill mill’.”
U. S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton
In East St. Louis an MD who pleaded guilty to more than a dozen charges of healthcare fraud, has been sentenced to 1 year in prison.
Doctor Viwathna Bhuthimethe, age 68, had previously operated the Walk In Clinic, at 654 E. Broadway in the city of Alton.
According to U. S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton, Bhuthimethee was arrested on 15 charges, which included fraudulent billing of the Illinois State Medicaid program; and illegal drug sales of Xanax and Hydrocodone – specifically, he prescribed narcotics without legitimate medical reasons.
As an example, Bhuthimethee wrote prescriptions for 1,585 narcotic pain pills for two women in less than 18 months.
Witnesses testified that a long line of “patients”‘ cars would be waiting each morning, and on some days the line would stretch down the block.
The state medical board suspended Bhuthimethee’s medical license in the Fall of 2012, for “Violation of federal requirements for record-keeping and dispensing of controlled substances.”
This case was handled as a joint operation of the following agencies: Illinois State Police; Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau; Alton Police Department; the Department of Health and Human Services; the DEA; the FBI and the Illinois State Police.
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Drug dealer Bhuthimethee graduated from Chulalongkorn University / Faculty of Medicine in Bangkok Thailand in the early 1970’s. He then emigrated to the U.S. and was licensed by the state of Illinois in 1997.
Will this drug dealer and public tax money thief be deported after he is released from prison?
Of course not. The United States does not rid itself of criminal physicians.
We relicense them, and then hide their criminal past from their unsuspecting future patients.
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