Nevada doctor arrested on distribution of opioids and health care fraud charges

[South Tahoe Now]

... He is scheduled to appear in federal court on Wednesday in Reno.

According to the 39-count indictment that was unsealed today, it is alleged that, from May 2014 to September 2017, Patel routinely prescribed fentanyl, hydrocodone, and oxycodone for his patients without a legitimate medical purpose and that he fraudulently billed Medicare and Medicaid for medical tests that he did not perform. 

The indictment alleges that Patel performed EKGs on his patients, so he could then order nuclear stress tests which he did not administer. 

He allegedly used a poorly calibrated machine and presented his patients with fraudulent X-Rays, in order to deceive his patients into thinking they had coronary issues that needed to be treated by him.

"Today we are facing the worst drug crisis in American history, with one American dying of a drug overdose every nine minutes ...