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Bolingbrook doctor allegedly prescribed drugs to undercover agent illegally, submitted false Medicare claims

Published: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 9:04 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 1:28 a.m. CDT

BOLINGBROOK – A Bolingbrook physician faces charges after he allegedly prescribed OxyContin illegally to an undercover agent and submitted false claims to Medicare, according to a news release from the United State's Attorney's Office Northern District of Illinois.

Sathish Narayanappa Babu, 47, is charged with one count of conspiracy to illegally dispense a controlled substance and one count of health care fraud, the release stated. Federal agents executed search and seizure warrants Wednesday at his home and office, taking more than $100,000 from the bank accounts of his Darien-based business, Anik Life Sciences Medical Corp.

Between November 2012 and December 2013, Babu issued five prescriptions for 60 doses of 80 milligram strength OxyContin to an agent posing as a patient, despite having never seen or examined the person, according to the release, which cited a criminal complaint.

The agent told Babu they were healthy and were covered by Medicare, but were seeking to obtain oxycodone because of shoulder pain from a previous injury that put them on disability, the release stated.

Babu allowed unlicensed personnel associated with his business to issue prescriptions and provide other purported medical care to the patient, according to the release. He also submitted claims to Medicare for services he said had been provided to the patient that had not. The about 300 pills prescribed were paid for primarily by Medicare.

Babu was released on a $100,000 bond and prohibited from writing prescriptions or submitting claims to Medicare, the release stated. His next court date is Tuesday morning.

The charges against him carry a maximum combined penalty of 30 years in prison and $1.25 million in fines, according to the release.

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