Doctor From California Admits To Prescribing Unnecessary Medications

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors said a doctor pleaded guilty. To defraud California’s Medi-Cal system. He prescribed unnecessary drugs to over 1,000 patients on Wednesday.

Dr. Mohammed El-Nachef pleaded guilty. According to a statement from the state attorney general’s office. He received a one-count sentence in Orange County for encouraging the unlicensed practice of medicine. One count of insurance fraud.

He was made to pay restitution of $2.3 million and surrender his medical license.

Prosecutors claimed that El-Nachef prescribed unnecessary HIV medications, antipsychotics, and opioids. To patients at Anaheim and Los Angeles clinics for two years beginning in 2014.

Prosecutors said the patients were Medi-Cal recipients. They were recruited with the promise of cash payments. Following that, the recruiters engaged in illegal drug sales.

Prosecutors claim that El-Nachef received cash payment in exchange for writing unnecessary prescriptions.

“El-Nachef took advantage of his position as a physician to steal taxpayer funds from state programs. The fuel illegal pharmaceutical sales on our behalf,” the lawsuit states.

Southern California’s streets – all for personal gain,” said Attorney General Rob Bonta in a statement. “The California Department of Justice will never tolerate abuses of power. No matter how large or small.”

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