Two more attempts of Rajendra Bothra, accused of over-prescribing opioids, have been rejected by two federal courts on November, 20th. The resident of Bloomfield Hills, indicted on 17 different counts two years ago, is allegedly known as the ringleader of a $464 million Warren-based drug prescriber and health-care scheme initiator.
During his practice years 2013 to 2018, Rajendra Bothra is accused of having written prescriptions for opioids and billing mostly Medicare and Medicaid that did not match patients’ needs.
In a four-page ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals, a three-judge panel pointed out how there is plenty of evidence against Bothra. And based on his motive, how he has the potential of being charged a lengthy sentence, depending on the seriousness of his offenses and international connections.
According to the court documents, attempts to gain release have been several times put in front of the court. A trial for this case is scheduled for June 2021. However, the year of the trial could change depending on the allowance of physical trials in court, seeing the recent Covid conditions.
The main claim of US Attorneys pictures two years of untruthful Bothra when asked about his worth. When asked, Bothra lied in his answers claiming it was $10.4 million when in actuality it was $35 million.
According to the court documents, Bothra asks for leave because of his health reasons, and that he is worried about getting contacted with Covid-19. The main reason for rejecting Bothra’s plea came in the writing of U.S. District Judge Steven Murphy III, Detroit, who confidently points out how the Bureau of Prisons can adequately address and provide medical treatment for Bothra.
Contradictory to the claims, Bothra suggests court that he lives under a home arrest, monitored by his wife. Murphy manifests his opinion in five-page writing by terming Bothra’s wife as an “insufficient custodian.” According to Murphy, the proposed condition of pre-trial release even when monitored by a live-in third party condition are insufficient.
A separate ruling issued by Murphy on November 20, predicts how the trial, in this case, will be complex and is likely to involve many witnesses.
Bothra and other doctors are believed to have prescribed more than 13.2 million doses of opioids that include oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, and hydromorphone of Vicodin, Oxycontin, Percocet, Narco, and many others.
Mathematically, claims for unnecessary services or equipment included $272.6 million for Medicaids, $182.5 million to Medicare, and $9.2 million to Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan.