March 19, 2019

Fairfield County doctor sentenced in health fraud case

A Fairfield County physician has been sentenced to 87 months in prison, followed by 36 months of supervised release, for health-care fraud and multiple money-laundering offenses.

Ramil Mansourov, 49, of Darien, is a physician who operated out of Family Health Urgent Care, located at 235 Main Street in Norwalk. The medical practice was formerly known as Immediate Health Care, and was owned by Bharat Patel. In 2012, Mansourov purchased the practice from Patel and renamed it Family Urgent Health Care. Patel continued to work at the practice.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between 2014 and November 2016, Mansourov billed Medicaid nearly $5 million for home, office and nursing-home visits that never took place. The investigation revealed that Mansourov used the stolen funds for both personal and business purposes, and that he transferred some of the stolen funds to a bank account in Switzerland.

Mansourov has been detained since July 2017, when he was arrested after fleeing to Canada. On September 17, 2018, he pleaded guilty to one count of health-care fraud and one count of money laundering.

On June 25, 2018, Patel pleaded guilty to narcotics distribution and health care fraud offenses. Patel acknowledged in court that he wrote hundreds of medically unnecessary prescriptions for oxycodone and hydrocodone, and received $158,523.95 from federal health programs as a result of this and related criminal conduct. On October 12, 2018, he was sentenced to 54 months of imprisonment.

Mansourov was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven in the more recent fraud case. Arterton also ordered Mansourov to pay $4,994,027 in restitution, forfeit $50,000 and surrender his federal controlled-substances registration to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Contact Michael C. Bingham at mbingham@newhavenbiz.com

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