Former local doctor fined $1.2 million

Former local doctor fined $1.2 million
Former local doctor fined $1.2 million (WFXG)
New developments in a health care fraud investigation involving a former Columbia County doctor. Former Doctor Firoz Patka legal troubles are adding up. A federal judge is ordering Patka pay $1.2 million  for operating a virtual pill mill in local clinics.

CSRA (WFXG) - You may remember he was sued in 2017 by the government for over prescribing to patients at a few local clinics. Patka practiced medicine at Louisville Medical Center, SouthCare Medical Center in Hephzibah and Thomson Pediatrics in Thomson. Back in 2015, federal drug investigators were at SouthCare Medical Center. Court records show, Patka had a booklet with forty-six pre signed blank prescriptions. That is not all, when Patka was not at the Louisville Medical and Thomson Pediatrics , the FEDs say he prescribed medicine by signing blank prescriptions that were given to patients without any diagnosis. Investigators also say there were 245 pre-signed prescriptions issued to patients which allowed Patka's offices to fraudulently obtain opioid.

Patka's license to practice medicine in Georgia reportedly expired back in November.

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