An american doctor on the run arrested in Montreal

News 19 July, 2017
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    Ramil Mansourov. Doctor

    Dominique Scali

    Tuesday, 18 July 2017 22:35

    Tuesday, 18 July 2017 22:35

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    An american doctor on the run who is suspected of having prescribed opioids to addicts and street level drug dealers has been arrested in Montreal last week after having been accused of fraud.

    “Many patients paid for their prescriptions through the medicare of the State and then resold on the street, contributing to the devastating epidemic of opioid,” says the press release of the u.s. authorities.

    Ramil Mansourov, 47, and his colleague Bharat Patel, 70, are both family physicians who were practicing in the small town of Norwalk, Connecticut.

    Flight to Canada

    Last Wednesday, an arrest warrant has been launched. Patel was arrested at his home on the same day, but Mansourov was gone.

    “We believe that he has fled to Canada when it was learned that there was a warrant against him,” said Tom Carson, spokesman for the Office of the prosecutor of Connecticut.

    Mansourov has, therefore, crossed the canadian border in a vehicle in New Brunswick. He was then arrested at the Montréal-Trudeau airport the next day, last Thursday, indicates Dominique McNeely of the canada border services Agency of Canada.

    Currently in detention, and Mansourov shall be required to appear before the Committee on immigration on Monday to determine if it can be turned over to the american authorities, ” says Mr. McNeely.

    The two doctors are accused of prescriptions outside of a medical practice that is legitimate, to have defrauded the health care system and to have laundered the money. They could both face up to 20 years in prison in the United States.

    “Candy shop “

    “Some drug users called the clinic” the candy store “a”, indicate the american authorities. The doctors were demanding a $ 100 “under the table” to patients who wanted to obtain additional requirements of narcotics, says the affidavit filed by the investigator.

    One of their patients was a ” major distributor of oxycodone and cocaine in Norwalk “. It had to source each week, according to the affidavit.

    Mansourov would also have had the habit of making prescriptions postdatées corresponding to the times where he was out of the country. It would also be defrauding the medicare program of the State for more than$ 4 Million by charging for consultations and home visits he never made, one can read in the press release.