A west suburban doctor was arrested on federal charges Wednesday for giving narcotic pills to an undercover agent, then charging Medicare for the drugs, federal prosecutors said.
Sathish Narayanappa Babu, 47, owner of Anik Life Sciences Medical Corp. in Darien, was charged with conspiracy to illegally dispense a controlled substance, and health care fraud, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Between November 2012 and December 2013, Babu wrote five prescriptions — each for 60 doses of 80mg Oxycontin — to a patient he had never seen or examined, and was actually an undercover agent, according to prosecutors.
The undercover agent posed as a healthy person covered by Medicare who was looking for prescription medication, including oxycodone, the statement said. He claimed to have shoulder pain from a previous injury and to be on disability.
Representatives from Anik Life Sciences, none of whom are physicians or nurses, visited the agent about 10 times in an apartment, the statement said.
Babu allegedly prescribed hundreds of pills that were paid for in large part by Medicare, and also billed Medicare for medical treatments that never occurred, the statement alleges.
Babu, of Bolingbrook, was released on a $100,000 bond and prohibited from writing prescriptions or submitting claims to Medicare.
He is scheduled to appear for a status hearing in U.S. District Court in Chicago on Tuesday.