Acting U.S. Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced Thursday a Coeburn physician pleaded guilty to drug distribution and health care fraud charges.
Seventy-eight-year-old Gurcharan Singh Kanwal of Wise, Virginia prescribed both hydrocodone and Ritalin to an undercover agent. As part of his plea agreement, Kanwal agreed to surrender his medical license and pay $472,500 in restitution to the Virginia Medicaid program, according to court documents.
Kanwal distributed hydrocodone and Ritalin to patients without a legitimate medical purpose between September 19, 2016 and February 22, 2017. He also billed Virginia Medicaid for health care services provided to the agent. The services were not actually received or medically necessary.
Detectives investigation Kanwal and the Coeburn Medical Clinic, following complaints that controlled substances were being diverted by Kanwal’s patients and employees.