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Alton Doctor Sentenced On Charges of Health Care Fraud and Illegal Dispensation of Controlled Substances

Viwathna Bhuthimethee, 69, a medical doctor who operated the Walk In Clinic, located on East Broadway Street in Alton, Illinois, was sentenced, today, in district court to twelve months and a day in federal prison on his guilty plea to the fifteen felony counts of an indictment which charged health care fraud against the Illinois Medicaid program and illegal distribution of Schedule III controlled substances (Hydrocodone) and Schedule IV controlled substances (Xanax) by prescribing outside the usual course of professional conduct and without legitimate medical purpose, Stephen R. Wigginton, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois announced. The Court also imposed a $5,000 fine, a $1,500 special assessment, restitution to Medicaid of $397.48, and two years of supervision following release from prison.


Action Details

  • Date:April 3, 2014
  • Agency:U.S. Attorney
  • Enforcement Types:
    • Criminal and Civil Actions