Perth Amboy Pharmacist, Edison Doctor Charged In Alleged Pill Scheme

PERTH AMBOY – A city pharmacist and a Staten Island doctor who lives in Edison were arrested Wednesday for their alleged roles in an illegal scheme to sell oxycodone pills to longshoremen in Staten Island and Brooklyn, according to a report by the Staten Island Advance.

Dr. Mihir Bhatt, 47, prescribed nearly 2 million pills over a four year period, according to Richmond County District Attorney Daniel Donovan. He saw patients at the New York City Wellness Center and in other medical offices on Staten Island, and also allegedly dispensed prescriptions from his home in Edison.

Patients were allegedly told to return for chiropractic and medical procedures, but “these exams, if done at all, were done solely to support a long-term insurance billing scheme and the dispensing of oxycodone prescriptions,” Donovan said yesterday.

Rita Patel, 48, the pharmacist in charge of Shayona Pharmacy in Perth Amboy, allegedly filled the doctor’s prescriptions when Staten Island pharmacies rejected them.

Seven others were arrested and charged with roles in the alleged scheme. Investigators have seized $6.1 million in assets, as well as 12 pounds of gold from Dr. Bhatt, according to the report.

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