Michigan Psychiatrist – Guilty of Fraud and Drug Distribution

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Corrupt Michigan Psychiatrist Pleads Guilty
By Joel Voss
July 15, 2013

Psychiatrist Mark Greenbain

Psychiatrist Mark Greenbain

Michigan Psychiatrist Mark Greenbain recently plead guilty to fraud and drug distribution. According to federal court documents, Greenbain and others conspired to defraud government and private insurance companies by using patient recruiters to obtain patients who in turn obtained bogus prescriptions for addictive prescription drugs from Greenbain and other doctors. Those patients would then take the prescriptions to one of several pharmacies owned by another defendant in the case and have them filled. The pharmacy owner then paid kickbacks.

The result? Greenbain was paid by the insurance companies for his “services”, kickbacks were paid for the patients and tens of millions of dollars worth of drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax, and cough syrup with codeine (all addictive drugs) went directly out onto the street.

In a twist, Greenbain himself was ordered by the judge to receive a psychiatric examination to determine if he was competent to stand trial or enter a guilty plea. On the day he was found competent, he entered a plea of guilty.

Greenbain is scheduled to be sentenced on August 20, 2013. He is facing up to 35 years in prison and fines up to $1,275,000.00. At 69 years of age it is safe to say his prescription writing days are over.

Many, many cases like this one have led to convictions of psychiatrists over the past few years. But all they were charged with was fraud, while serious, was the lesser of their crimes. This case was different as it included charges of massive drug distribution of very dangerous drugs.

Two of the government’s press releases from when the case started:

http://www.justice.gov/dea/divisions/det/2011/det080211.shtml

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mie/news/2011/2011_8_2_bpatel.html

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