Wise County Doctor Arrested

Close to home, a Wise County doctor who prescribed Ritalin and hydrocodone to an undercover investigator without a legitimate medical purpose pled guilty Thursday to federal health care fraud and drug distribution charges
As part of a plea agreement, 78-year-old Gurcharan Singh Kanwal has agreed to surrender his current medical license and never reapply for a new one. He also agreed to pay $472,500 in restitution to the Virginia Medicaid program.
According to evidence at last Thursday’s hearing, Kanwal knowingly distributed Ritalin and hydrocodone without a legitimate medical reason and beyond the bounds of medical practice to the investigator between September 19, 2016 and February 22, 2017. Kanwal also fraudulently billed Virginia Medicaid for services provided to the investigator, which were not medically necessary or not actually received.
The investigation into Kanwal and the Coeburn Medical Clinic began after agents received numerous complaints that controlled substances were being diverted by employees and patients of Kanwal.

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