California Pathologist Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Prescription Fraud

A California pathologist who operated a medical clinic was sentenced to 25 years in prison for writing fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone in exchange for cash, according to a news release by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Masoud Bamdad, MD, was convicted in May 2009 for accepting cash payments after writing numerous prescriptions for narcotics, including OxyContin, Vicodin and Xanax. In some cases, Dr. Bamdad wrote the unlawful prescriptions for minors under the age of 21.

During the undercover investigation, he was shown to prescribe narcotic pain medication despite undercover agents' statements that they were not experiencing significant pain, that they were taking them for enjoyment or that they were obtaining the medication on behalf of others. During one encounter, Dr. Bamdad and an undercover agent discussed the street price of OxyContin. His illegal prescribing of oxycodone resulted in the deaths of two people.

In addition to his prison sentence, Dr. Bamdad was also ordered to pay a fine of $1 million and forfeit his medical clinic.

Read the U.S. Attorney's news release about the sentence for Dr. Masoud Bamdad.

Read other coverage about healthcare fraud in California:

- Nine Arrested in California for Medi-Cal Fraud

- Two California Clinic Owners, a PA and Recruiter Charged with Paying Kickbacks for Referrals

- California Chiropractor Sentenced for Healthcare Fraud

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