6 anesthesiologists, pain physicians facing criminal charges for murder, fraud & more

Here are six anesthesiologists and pain physicians recently facing criminal charges:

Former Advanced Pain Management Services owner Dr. Atif Malik sentenced to 8 years in prison
Former pain practice owner Atif Babar Malik, MD, 49, was sentenced Sept. 11 to eight years in prison after being convicted of 25 counts related to kickbacks, fraudulent billing and tax evasion in 2017. Dr. Malik ran Frederick, Md.-based Advanced Pain Management Services.

Physician, pain management clinic owner sentenced to 35 years in prison for pill mill scheme
Houston physician Gazelle Craig, DO, and pain management clinic owner Shane Faithful were each sentenced to 35 years in prison for allegedly running a pill mill out of Houston-based Gulfton Community Health Center from March 2015 through July 2017.

Former pain management clinic owner pleads guilty to $51.5K healthcare fraud scheme
Jayam Krishna Iyer, MD, 66, pleaded guilty to one count of healthcare fraud Sept. 18. Dr. Iyer owned and operated Clearwater, Fla.-based Creative Medical Center. She is accused of falsely billing Medicare for face-to-face visits with patients who never visited her office or underwent examinations and allegedly falsified EMRs to make it seem like those patients did visit the office.

Pain physician convicted of falsifying patient medical records
Moustafa Moataz Aboshady, MD, was found guilty of falsifying patient medical information to obtain illegal payments from Medicare and commercial insurers. Dr. Aboshady was a medical resident practicing at New England Wellness & Pain Management, which operated practices in Massachusetts and Rhode Island under several names.

Anesthesiologist indicted for allegedly giving patient fatal Demerol dose
A grand jury unsealed an indictment charging anesthesiologist Stephen Kyo-Sung Kim, MD, with murder for the death of his physician patient. Dr. Kim reportedly administered medicine to sedate Mark Greenspan, MD, 71, before surgery at the Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery Center. He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of murder.

Anesthesiologist faces up to 10 years in prison for alleged healthcare fraud, denies accusations
Adam Arredondo, MD, of Waxahachie-based Texas Anesthesia and Pain Management Institute was indicted by a federal grand jury Aug. 8 and faces up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine for alleged healthcare fraud. He is accused of soliciting and receiving two $10,000 checks in exchange for referring compounding prescriptions to Skiatook, Okla.-based OK Compounding. The anesthesiologist called the allegations "bogus" and "totally untrue."

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