An Edmond psychiatrist accused of illegally distributing drugs that led to the deaths of five people has been sent to federal prison for 30 months.
Dr. Amar Nath Bhandary, 53, was sentenced last week. He was charged with health care fraud on May 22 and pleaded guilty on May 28.
In April, an eight-day trial on 53 counts of illegal distribution of controlled substances ended in a hung jury.
Bhandary was accused of prescribing opiates and benzodiazepines without legitimate medical purpose to eight people. Five of them died of drug toxicity from the prescriptions.
Bhandary also was ordered to serve three years supervised release, forfeit his Classen Boulevard practice in Oklahoma City and pay a $20,000 fine, as well as make restitution to Medicare, U.S. Attorney spokesman Bob Troester said.
The health care fraud count resulted from false claims to Medicare for services that were not provided between Sept. 10, 2008, and Oct. 8, 2008, court records show.
Bhandary, who the Oklahoma Medical Board lists as specializing in psychiatry and pain medicine, has an active medical license but has agreed not to practice, records show.
The doctor, who is set to surrender next month, does not have a listed telephone number.
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