Coeburn Medical Clinic Doctor Gucharan Singh Kanwal Sentenced

In Wise County, a doctor caught prescribing Ritalin and hydrocodone to an undercover investigator without a legitimate medical reason has been sentenced on charges of federal health care fraud along with drug distribution charges.
78 year old Gucharan Singh Kanwal agreed to surrender his medical license and never apply for a new one as part of a plea agreement. Kanwal was also ordered to pay a $25,000 fine as well as serving two months of probation along with $945,000 in restitution and forfeitures.
Between September 19th, 2016 and February 22nd, 2017, Kanwal distributed Ritalin and hydrocodone without there being a legitimate medical purpose knowingly and beyond the bounds of medical practice. Kanwal also billed Virginia Medicaid fraudently for services provided to the undercover investigator that were not medically necessary nor were actually received.
The crimes were discovered after an investigation was iniated following complaints about Kanwal and the Coeburn Medical Clinic of controlled substances being diverted by employees and patients of Kanwal.
Ritalin is the most popular formulation stimulant that is prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, narcolepsy, obesity and lethargy or fatigue. Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic opioid sythesized from codeine, one of the opioid alkaloids found in the opium poppy and is used for relief of moderate to severe pain.

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