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NYC doctor gets prison in unneeded HIV drugs scam


Associated Press - January 18, 2012

NEW YORK -- A New York City doctor is headed to prison after being convicted of scamming Medicaid out of $700,000 by prescribing HIV medications for people who didn't have the virus.

Dr. Suresh Hemrajani was sentenced Wednesday to two to six years behind bars. He was convicted in December of charges including grand larceny.

His former lawyer didn't represent him at sentencing. His new attorney's contact information isn't immediately available.

The Manhattan District Attorney's office says Hemrajani billed Medicaid for treatment he didn't provide and prescribed medications without determining whether the patients had the virus that causes AIDS. Some were later found not to have it.

Authorities say patients traded the drugs for cash from middlemen, who sold the medicine illegally.

Thirty patients were criminally charged. Nineteen have been sentenced so far.


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Information in this article was accurate in January 18, 2012. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.