Doctor, clinic employee indicted on health-care fraud charges

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - A physician and an employee of a former Utica-area medical practice have been indicted, U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian said.

Mahesh Kuthuru, 43, and Bonnie Meislin, 42 have been indicted on health care fraud charges. Kuthuru has been indicted on charges of unlawful distribution of Schedule II controlled substances, including Oxycodone, Oxycotin, Methadone and Morphine Sulphate.

According to officials, the two were indicted by a federal grand jury in Syracuse on Wednesday. Kuthuru owned and operated Upstate Pain Management, which had offices at 287 Genesee St. in Utica and 59 S. First St. in Fulton. Meslin was an employee of Upstate Pain Management.

The indictment charges the two with engaging in a scheme to defraud Medicare by submitting claims for reimbursement that falsely represented Kuthuru had performed medical services that he did not.

In November 2008, Kuthuru purchased a medical practice in Las Vegas, sold his home in Baldwinsville in July 2009 and purchased a home in Las Vegas. From January 2010 to at least September 2011, Kuthuru spent the majority of his time at his Las Vegas practice, returning to Central New York only sporadically, the indictment says. According to the indictment, from January 2010 through September 2011, there were substantial periods of time where there were no licensed medical personnel in the Utica and Fulton offices and patients were seen only by unlicensed staff members who had no formal medical training.

Meislin had been indicted on Jan. 8 on charges of health care fraud. Kuthuru was arrested in Las Vegas on Feb. 28.

Each of the 30 health fraud counts carry a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. Each of the 15 counts of drug distribution carries a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment, with a fine of $1 million.

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