Alton doctor gets 366 days prison in fraud, pills case
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) – A southwestern Illinois doctor has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for defrauding the state’s Medicaid program and illegally dispensing prescription medications.
Sixty-nine-year-old Viwathna Bhuthimethee of Alton also was fined $5,000 on Thursday in East St. Louis and ordered to spend two years on post-prison supervised release.
Bhuthimethee pleaded guilty in February to one count of health care fraud and 14 counts of illegal distribution of a controlled substance.
Authorities say Bhuthimethee ran an Alton walk-in clinic with his wife. He was indicted in 2012.
Investigators accused him of operating a “pill mill” in which he prescribed more than 2,000 painkiller or anti-anxiety pills to four women from 2008 through 2010 outside the course of his professional practice.