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
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.