A Bensalem doctor’s arrest Wednesday was just the tip of the iceberg. 48 people, including 15 doctors, were arrested in connection to a massive investigation involving 3.25 million opioid pills and $800 million in loss.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the Bensalem residence of Neil Anand, 42, Wednesday morning. Agents carried boxes and a computer out of Anand’s home. He is now charged with health care fraud and a count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.
Court documents show Anand provided patients with bags of medication called “goody bags.” The bags were allegedly based on what their insurance would cover and not what they needed.
The announcement Thursday came one year after the Justice Department’s creation of the Newark/Philadelphia Regional Medicare Fraud Strike Force. U.S. Attorney William McSwain said the joint operation created tangible results.
“We have brought together a wealth of resources, knowledge, and subject-matter expertise – that of health care fraud prosecutors, civil enforcement attorneys, data analysts, and law enforcement agencies – all working to stop fraud, waste, and abuse within our federal health care programs and to stem the tide of illegal opioid distribution.”
Authorities say Anand’s scheme stretched back to November of 2015 and continued through mid-2019. But he was not the sole doctor arrested.
McSwain claims Anand, a registered nurse, and two foreign medical school graduates submitted false claims to Medicare, Independence Blue Cross, and insurance programs provided by the federal government.
Within the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, thirteen people are charged. Twelve of them face charges of possessing oxycodone with intent to distribute.